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Demand for Garoland revives in Meghalaya

IANS  |  Shillong 

The demand for creation of Garoland, to be carved out of areas in western part of Meghalaya, reverberated in this mountainous state capital of on Wednesday.

The Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC), a conglomeration of several organisations, including the (GNC), a regional political party, held a rally near the Secretariat demanding a Garoland state.

Several Garo leaders, including former of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army, Champion Sangma, who now leads the A'chik Holistic Awakening Movement, participated in the peaceful rally.

"We have been fighting for Garoland for a very long time. Our statehood demand is on the linguistic lines of the States Reorganisation Act, 1965, and the Government must concede our demand," said.

"If the government can give Telangana for Telugu-speaking people of that state, why can't it create Garoland for Garos? We (Garos) will not sit idle and will continue to strive forward till the government creates a separate Garoland," Marak added.

The GSHMC said that the ruling in had made Garoland an agenda in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

Meanwhile, former GNLA voiced confidence that the demand for a separate Garo land will become a reality.

"The late P.A. Sangma fought his last election on this very issue and unfortunately he left us. But fortunately now we have his son, Conrad K. Sangma, as the I believe he will fulfill the demand for a separate Garoland. It will also depend on the wisdom of Parliament," Champion said..

On March 18, 2014, the Assembly rejected a resolution for the creation of a separate "Garoland" state in Garo Hills in the western part of the state. Meghalaya became an autonomous state in 1971 and a full-fledged state in 1972.



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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 19:34 IST