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Demand for Garoland state echoes on streets of Shillong

ANI  |  Shillong (Meghalaya) [India] 

Demand for Garoland state is once again doing the rounds with the Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) staging a massive protest here on Wednesday to press for carving out tribal inhabited areas from and

The GHSMC, a conglomeration of several organisations, including regional political party Council (GNC), emphasised that its demand was on the linguistic lines of the States Reorganisations Act, 1956.

The participants walked with placards, with slogans written 'Bye bye Meghalaya' and festoons. They were vociferous about their demands and needs while explaining why a separate state should be made for the sub-tribes residing in the region.

GHSMC told ANI, "The demand for a separate state is our birthright as well as legal right. It is high time that the government recognises Garoland officially. In the last elections, Chief Minister spoke about the issue in Parliament but no substantial step was taken by the Centre on the issue. We are still struggling. We will continue to protest till all our demands are met by the government."

Garo Liberation Army's former also commented on the issue reiterating that the sub-tribes will continue with their protest till the government fulfilled its demand for a separate state.

became an autonomous state in 1971 and a full-fledged state on January 21, 1972. The GNC, one of the oldest regional political parties, has been demanding the creation of Garoland for the past 20 years. However, it does not have any representatives in the 60-member However, it has merely three members in the

On March 18, 2014, the had rejected a resolution for the creation of a separate Garoland state in Garo Hills in the western part of the state.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:00 IST