From Our Correspondent
TURA: The Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) in a move to strengthen their demand for a separate Garoland has resolved to stage a weeklong sit in demonstration and office picketing.
The move was unanimously decided on Friday at a public rally organised by the GHSMC at Tura District Auditorium near here.
Elaborating on the struggle for a hill state by the State’s first Chief Minister Captain Williamson A Sangma and his compatriots, Chokpot Legislature Clifford R Marak called for more participation from the women of Garo Hills.
He informed that the Garo National Council had initially spearheaded the demand for a separate state but after criticism from people alleging political stunt the GNC entrusted the responsibility to the GHSMC.
Other ethnic groups of the State also desire separation therefore if the people earnestly work with united zeal the demand for a separate Garoland will bear fruition.
Referring to other similar movements across the country by different ethnic groups GHSMC Secretary Augustine R Marak maintained that the demand for a separate Garoland had to be strengthened through active participation from the stakeholders of Garo Hills.
The GHSMC will intensify the demand for a separate state through democratic means said Marak and implored upon the gathering to open their eyes. The GHSMC Secretary maintained that the fundamental rights of the Garos are being trampled upon time and again and stated that it is right time to demand for a separate Garoland.
The meeting later unanimously decided to strengthen the demand for a separate Garoland by intensifying agitational programmes and resolved to hold weeklong sit-in demonstrations and picketing in the near future.