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HSPDP urges all MLAs and MDCs of Khasi-Jaintia Hills to support demand for a separate Khasi-Jaintia State

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Shillong, Nov 30: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) on Wednesday sought the support of the 36 legislators and 60 MDCs of the Khasi-Jaintia Hills for the creation of a separate state for the region.

“We seek the support of all the 36 MLAs and MDCs of both the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) in our demand for creation of a separate Khasi-Jaintia state,” HSPDP state youth wing president Sandondor Ryntathiang told reporters after the CEC meeting of the party.

Seminar on separate state demand
He also said all the public representatives are also invited to a seminar on the separate state demand to be organized by the party on December 5. Prof. LS Gassah of NEHU and Robertjune Kharjahrin, an advocate and social activist, will be the resource persons of the seminar.

Elaborating on the objective of the seminar, Ryntathiang said, “We need a Khasi-Jaintia state of our own. It is very clear. The founding president of the party had a vision that the only way to ensure good governance to the people especially to the Khasi-Jaintia is by getting a separate state of our own.”

“We have seen the issue pertaining to the reservation policy has become one of the heated debates that is going on and we have seen the allocation of government jobs. This is not new to us. That is why we have been saying time and again that Khasi-Jaintia state is the solution for our future and for indigenous people of our state,” he added.

Party to campaign in New Delhi
The youth leader further informed that the party leaders would be camping in New Delhi for three days to pressurize the Government of India to consider the long pending demand of the people of Khasi and Jaintia Hills.

“I will not say much about our strategies on how to move forward on this issue but on December 14, 15 and 16, we will be going to New Delhi to meet the government…(to request that) they should consider our demand for the creation of a separate Khasi Jaintia state,” he said.

Stating that the response on the demand has been positive, Ryntathiang said, “It is very positive because our demand is not through violence, our demand is not through protest, our demand is not similar to 1970s where we have seen violence in the streets.”

He added, “We have a mutual understanding with the Garo people that you want a Garo state and we also want Khasi-Jaintia state. We have decided to join hands together to demand this through constitutional ways and means.”

Meanwhile, the party has also decided to distribute prizes to the winners of the essay competition during the upcoming seminar.

Ryntathiang further informed that the party has also decided to handover the newly constructed house to a family at Mawblei, Mawthadraishan on December 20.

Giving a report on the enrolment drive by the party, he said that more than 5200 youth have joined the HSPDP. “This is a clear indication that the youth are frustrated with other political parties and they have decided to turn to the HSPDP with the hope that the party is for them,” Ryntathiang added.

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