Arunachal: AAPSU against autonomy demand

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Itanagar, Oct 31: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) today flayed the demand of two autonomous councils in the state, branding it as divisive in nature and a threat to the unity of the multi-ethnic state.

In a statement here, the apex students' body declared its stand against the movement to divide Arunachal Pradesh in the name of autonomous councils by some politicians and leaders with vested interests sans any legitimate reasons.

The union said it had always strived for unity of the state and would take up cudgels against any element threatening to disturb it.

Taking its commitment a step further, the AAPSU had declared a mass protest rally here on November three against the demand for autonomous councils.

It appealed to all like-minded people and civil societies to join the protest rally from Akasdeep Complex to Raj Bhawan from 0700 hours onwards.

The Mon Autonomous Region Demand Committee (MARDC) and Patkai Autonomous Region Demand Committee (PARDC), headed by MLA T G Rimpoche and Speaker Setong Sena respectively, had been spearheading the movement to gain autonomy for West Kameng and Tawang districts (Mon) and Tirap and Changlang districts (Patkai) of the state. Recently, both leaders along with supporters had visited the national capital to lobby for their demands and were given positive signals from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Their proposed dharna in Delhi was called off in the wake of positive discussions with Central leaders.

Minister in-charge of the PMO Prithivi Chavan is expected to visit the state soon to study the grassroot level feasibility of the proposals.

Terming the movement, launched by both demand committees as unfortunate, the AAPSU viewed it as a sad development in the history of the state and called upon the leaders to inculcate a futuristic vision to sustain the unity and diversity of the state.

'' The leaders of today have to take the state in the right direction rather than divide and isolate it with promises of autonomy, '' the union added.


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