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Newborn party in statehood cry

Nagaon, Dec. 2: The three recently dissolved regional political parties of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao have floated a joint front, the Hills State Democratic Party (HSDP), and announced that their main objective would be a democratic struggle for a separate state from now on.

The new party, which was formed at yesterday’s joint session of the dissolved parties, comprises the leadership of three former parties — the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), ASDC (P) and the People’s Alliance for Peace Agreement (PAPA).

The daylong joint session was held in Karbi Anglong district headquarters Diphu, where apart from formation of the party, a presidential board was set up comprising three representatives — one from each party.

“Former ASDC chief Chomang Kro is the president. Chandra Kanta Terang from the ASDC (P) and PAPA leader Mansing Rangpi have been selected as the working presidents of the three-member presidential board,” said a leader of the new regional party.

Taking charge of the new party, HSDP president Kro accompanied by other leaders held a news conference in Diphu today and announced the vision and objectives of the new political party.

“It will work for the development of the two hill districts of Assam and its main objective is to launch a democratic movement for a separate state comprising the two hill districts of Assam. Negligence of both New Delhi and Dispur and apathy of the people in power stand in the way of fulfilling the aspirations of the people living in the hilly zone. Signing of the agreement between the UPDS and the Centre took place almost a year ago but nobody is serious in implementing the clauses,” Kro said.

The ASDC, the second regional party in the state, was floated in 1986.

The “autonomous state” issue brought the ASDC leadership closer to the people and just after its inception, the ASDC became the most influential political party in the two hill districts under the joint leadership of Jayanta Rangpi and Holiram Terang. It was in power in the Karbi Anglong autonomous council from 1986 to 2001. It also ruled the neighbouring Dima Hasao autonomous council from 1996 to 2001.

ASDC floated in 1986
In power in KAAC: 1986-2001
In power in DHAC: 1996-2001
Clash among leaders: 2000
Legislator strength in Assembly: 4
Lok Sabha member: 1


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