Shillong: The Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) have once again revived their demands for a separate Khasi-Jaintia state and Garoland, respectively.
A meeting between the HSPDP and the GHSMC was held in this regard in Tura on Saturday.
While the HSPDP, the oldest regional party in Meghalaya, has been fighting for a separate Khasi-Jaintia state for many years, the GHSMC has also been pressing for a ‘Garoland’ by carving out tribal Garo-inhabited areas from Meghalaya and Assam.
The GHSMC, a conglomeration of several Garo organisations, including regional political party Garo National Council (GNC), has been emphasising that its demand was on the linguistic lines of the States Reorganisations Act, 1956.
The purpose of the recent meeting was to restart their individual movements with a common “spirit of brotherhood”.
The two bodies discussed and resolved that they would revive their movements for a separate Khasi-Jaintia state and Garoland, which were initiated during the time of former HSPDP president HS Lyngdoh and former GNC leader Clifford Marak, respectively.
In 2012, the HSPDP and GNC had a joint meeting and had resolved to stand unitedly to fight peacefully for their demands with a spirit of brotherhood.
“We will form a coalition committee and move forward with our demands for separate identities,” said HSPDP president KP Pangniang.
Pangniang added that the two organisations have decided to revive their movement not as a political agenda but for the larger interest of the indigenous people.