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Shillong, Feb 14: After ten days of agitation, still no fruitful result as the stand-off between the Meghalaya government and the taxi drivers continues. Taking agitation at the next level the commercial vehicles have threatened to go for an indefinite hunger strike if the state government chose to turn a deaf ear on the demand for reducing the prices of petrol and diesel in the state.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicle (MJACCV) held at the Anjalee parking lot on Saturday.

A 48-hour statewide agitation was also announced to be held on February 15. It may be mentioned that in 2015, the Meghalaya High Court has banned the media from publishing statements by organisations that call for shutdowns or rallies in the state, after stating that it results in disruption of normal life.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the JAC Wandonbok Jyrwa told reporters after the meeting, “If the government continues to be adamant in its attitude even after February 15, we will have no other option but to go for an indefinite hunger strike in front of the secretariat.”

In view of the indefinite strike, the commercial vehicles have remained off the road from February 3, to protest against the rising petrol and diesel prices.

He said despite the peaceful protest, the state government has failed to comply with the demands.

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