Meghalaya: Demand for separate Garoland revived; GHSMC rallies in Delhi


From Our Correspondent, TNT News | Tura, June 07, 2018: 

Continuing with their demand for a separate Garoland state, various residents of Garo Hills on Wednesday rallied in support of the demand in the national capital. Traversing the length of the country in their effort to push the demand for a separate state for the Garos, the residents led by the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) expressed that the struggle for a separate state is a long one and it is time for the people of Garo Hills to see their aspiration take shape.

The rally cum dharna was held at Parliament Street and saw the presence of various people from across Garo Hills. The demand received further fillip with it being endorsed by the Mothers' Union, members of the GSU and other NGOs of Garo Hills.

During the rally, participants chanted slogans of "No State No rest", "We want Garoland"  "A'chik A'song tangbangchina" resonating in the capital. The rally was also co led by the co-chairman of GHSMC, Balkarin Ch Marak.

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"The demand for Garoland state is now more than a century old and started during late Sonaram Sangma's time. Legislators both from the state and the Central need to listen to the demand for separate state for the Garos. We have confidence in the Constitution and law makers that the voice of Garo's will bear fruit. We will continue the struggle for a Garoland state will continue till it sees the light of day," said chairman of GHSMC, Nikman Marak.

Youth leader, Roger Benny Sangma, who also spoke on the occasion felt that Garos faced problems in their day to day lives and were deprived in many sectors.

"The Law/ Constitution allows creation of a separate Garoland state in sync with State's Re-organisation Act,1956, as had been used to create states for same language speaking people. If Tura was made the Winter Capital of Meghalaya, by now development of Garo Hills would have been greater," said Sangma at the gathering.

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