|HSDP demands separate State|
DIPHU, Dec 1 – The Hills State Democratic Party (HSDP), kicked off their general election campaign through a mammoth rally organized at the Karbi Anglong Sports Association Stadium here today.
The rally was organized to mark the second anniversary of the HSDP and was observed as ‘Superset State Demand Day’. The supporters of HSDP reached Diphu from Meghalaya border and other interior areas in hired bus and trucks.
“Separate State is the only political solution for the people of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. We want separate State democratically within two hill districts of Assam as our geographical borders are clearly defined,” said Depolal Hojai ex-Chief Executive Member of Dima Hasao Autonomous Council in his speech.
Thousands of HSDP supporters yesterday marched from Bakalia to Diphu covering a distance of 55 kilometers to revivify the 1992 ‘Diphu Chalo’, a march organized by the ASDC to take over the KAAC administration. “The only viable solution to the protracted problem of unrest in the two hill State is the creation of separate hill State comprising the two districts and restore political and administrative parity with the people of Meghalaya and Mizoram. The State Government is trying to project our movement as a mere law and order problem. The hills will not cool down until we achieve our goal and we are prepared to continue our struggle for the Statehood,” said Alwin Teron, advisor of the HSDP in the rally.
“During the last 12 years of Congress misrule led by incumbent MP Biren Sing Engti, Khorsing Engti the people of Karbi Anglong had witnessed five ethnic clashes, non functioning of the government offices and two colossal betrayal on the matter of accords with UPDS and DHD factions, land policy, lease of bamboo to RH Gandhi are few to be mentioned,” said Jogat Sing Engti, ex-MLA of Bokajan and apex leader of HSDP. He further said that a sense of hopelessness and injustice is pervasive among the youths due to unemployment and whimsicality in the appointment of government jobs and settlement of contracts and payments of bills.