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No separate Garo state – Meghalaya Legislative Assembly

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2014-03-19 11:28:26 - Shillong : The demand for a separate state for Garos carved out of the present Meghalaya state has been rejected in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

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The resolution asking for a separate state was moved by the opposition member, Clifford Marak.

It collapsed to fetch support from the majority of members after the Speaker of the House Abu Taher Mondal raised the issue for a voice vote.

Marak, president of the Garo National Council argued that the Garo community is backward in every respect from the Khasi and Jaintia Hills.

Marak requested the state government to recommend to the Centre for the creation of a separate Garo state as the UPA government has carved out a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

The deputy CM of Meghalaya, Roytre Christopher Laloo brushed aside the resolution stating that various militant groups have exploited

the motive but could not succeed.

Laloo claimed successive state governments have created important policies serving all the citizens of the state with equal opportunity and ensure the fruit of development reaches all.

The Garo Hills has been a witness to the significant improvement in it socio-economic profile since Meghalaya was created 42 years ago, he added.

However he seemed concerned about the influx of insurgents in the state.

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