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Outfit firm on Garoland

- It’s either separate state or nothing, says ANVC-B

Shillong, Sept. 2: The breakaway faction of the A’chik National Volunteer Council, the ANVC (B), today declared that it would now embark on its fight for “Garoland”.

“We will not fight for the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) anymore. It is too corrupt to change the system now. From here, our fight will be for Garoland. It is our birthright and our entire movement has always focused on the aspiration and dream of every A’chik citizen, dreaming of Garoland,” a statement from the ANVC (B) said.

The outfit said from now every agitation and protest will focus on Garoland and that it would settle for nothing less.

“From here on, live or die, it is going to be a movement for Garoland. All those leaders who do not stand for Garoland should stop dreaming of entering and campaigning for the 2013 elections. We will not compromise during the upcoming elections at any cost,” the group said.

Stating that hitherto the group has been resorting to democratic means for protest, the ANVC (B) said it will not bow down to the stand taken by GHADC chief executive member Purno K. Sangma or Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma.

“Let the CEM have his chair. Our demand from here will be to dissolve the GHADC and constitute Garoland. Political leaders have sold out A’chik interests for greed of power and money,” the statement said.

Moreover, the group said there would be a complete road blockade on Wednesday and Thursday, from 6pm to 6am, in Garo hills. It warned that people should stay indoors, and that no vehicle should venture out after 6pm.

While the group has been putting pressure on GHADC chief executive member Purno K. Sangma to resign on corruption charges, Sangma has maintained that he would not abdicate his office.

The state government has also maintained that since the one-man judicial inquiry commission headed by Justice (retired) P.G. Agarwal was yet to submit the report on the alleged financial anomalies in the council, it was not proper to brand any particular individual corrupt.

The state cabinet constituted the inquiry commission in September 2010.

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