Shillong, March 25: National Peopleís Party (NPP) candidate from Tura parliamentary constituency and former Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno A. Sangma today urged all militant groups in the Garo hills to give up arms and join the mainstream.
The NPP leader, who faces a straight fight with a political novice of the Congress, Daryl William Momin, in the April 9 Lok Sabha polls from Tura, made this appeal while addressing an election rally organised at Resubelpara in North Garo Hills district today.
In his address, Purno spelt out the root cause for unrest in Garo hills even as he talked about the demand for a separate Garoland state in the wake of Telangana.
Purno also made an appeal to the people to support the NPP in order to fulfil their desire to have a separate Garo state. He also offered to spearhead the movement for a separate state if the people of Garo hills wanted him to take up the task.