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Demand for Delhi rule

Shillong, Aug. 7: The controversial issue of Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma’s Scheduled Tribe status has now become a weapon for demanding President’s rule in the state till the issue is disposed of.

Tennydard M. Marak, a resident of Williamnagar in the East Garo Hills, who challenged Sangma’s Scheduled Tribe status in the Supreme Court, today wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding President’s rule.

“The situation demands immediate proclamation of President’s rule in Meghalaya at least till the final disposal of the case or kindly suggest the Meghalaya governor to consider formation of an interim ministry till the disposal of the Supreme Court cases,” Marak said, in his letter to Mukherjee.

On July 21, the Supreme Court had deferred the hearing on Sangma’s Scheduled Tribe status as one of the judges in the bench had reportedly appeared for the petitioner as an advocate earlier this year.

In the letter, Marak also drew Mukherjee’s attention to the Garo Hills Autonomous (Codification of the Garo Customary Laws) Bill, 2009, whose introduction in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council was stalled by pressure groups on July 23 in Tura.

Marak termed the bill as something, which was against the interest of the indigenous Garo people of Meghalaya.

The bill was recommended by the state government for introduction in the council along with the opinion of the advocate general indicating that the subject matter of the bill was within the council's legislative competence.

The approval of governor Krishan Kant Paul was conveyed for introduction of the bill in the council.

Moreover, Marak said there is a serious threat to the identity of the indigenous Garo tribes because of the “menace of fabricating records in order to get constitutional advantages by undeserving persons illegally and unconstitutionally”.

He also said he was contemplating to place the matter before the United Nations.

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