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GNC,HSPDP to jointly fight for a separate state

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Shillong, Aug 31 (UNI) In order to speed up developmental projects in Garo Hills, the Garo National Council(GNC) and the Hill State People's Democratic Party(HSPDP) today decided to jointly fight for a separate Khasi-Jaintia state and Garo state carved out of Meghalaya.

Both the political parties have also constituted a joint committee to carry out the separate state demand.

The decision was taken by leaders of the two state parties in their first joint meeting here.

The HSPDP, having two MLAs in a House of 60, has demanded a separate state for the Khasi-Jaintia people since 1987 while the GNC placed their demand for the past 14 years.

''It's time the Khasi and Jaintia and the Garo people are separated in the interest of both communities,'' GNC president Clifford R Marak told reporters in a joint press briefing with HSPDP president Hopingstone Lyngdoh.

Mr Marak said the joint meeting opposed the proposed Greater Garoland demand of the outlawed A'chik National Volunteers Council, as both felt that the demand would affect the cordial relations between Khasi-Jaintia and Garo communities.

The banned ANVC, which is in a tripartite cease-fire agreement with the Meghalaya government and the Centre, has demanded Greater Garoland comprising the present three districts of Garo Hills, parts of West Khasi Hills district, Ri-Bhoi district and a large chunk of Kamrup and Goalpara district of Asom.

''We cannot part with an inch of our land to the Garo,'' Mr Lyngdoh said.

Mr Lyngdoh said the joint meeting also appealed to all political parties, NGOs and citizens of the state to support their demand.

UNI RRK PL RN1535

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