SHILLONG: During the public meeting to observe the Khasi National Awakening Day today, KSU president Daniel Khyriem said that the leaders of the pressure groups have now decided to take on the State Government rather than go hiding while agitating against any of its decision.
“The time to go on hiding is over. As leaders, we are all ready to go in the open and take on the Government against any of its decision which we felt is against the interest of our people” Khyriem said.
Saying that the time has come to tell the Government that they cannot continue to suppress the rights and interest of the indigenous people, he stated that they are not afraid of the consequences.
“In the past 43 years, the rights and interest of indigenous people have been suppressed from all sides. We will not allow anyone to dictate upon us from onwards since enough is enough,” the KSU president said.
He said that the aggressiveness on the part of the leaders of the pressure groups can be best observed during the recent incident at the East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner office.
“We had gone to the DC office to challenge against the enrollment of the dubious people in the electoral rolls. We have also openly opposed to the decision of the election machinery to hold to public hearing in the DC office. We have made it very clear that the public hearing should be respective villages and polling stations,” Khyriem said.
He said that the continuous pursuance on the part the pressure groups have compelled the Government to agree the setting of the entry and exit points to check against the people who enter and move out of the State.