DIPHU, April 30: The Joint Co-ordination Committee for Protection of Autonomy (JCCPA) says the Unity, Peace and Development rally organised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit at Loringthepi on April 28 in Karbi Anglong gave an impression to the Prime Minister that there are no issues, peace has prevailed and what people need is development.
The state government has succeeded in suppressing the people’s longstanding demand of an Autonomous State under Article 244(A) of Indian Constitution for the hill districts of Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.
Convening a press conference at District Press Club of Karbi Anglong here on Saturday, the chairman of Joint Action Committee for Autonomous State (JACAS), a constituent of JCCPA, Kharsing Teron said a large section of people are discontented with the April 28 Peace, Unity and Development rally has it has not benefited the people of Karbi Anglong.
Teron said, “The impression given from the rally is that there are no issues, peace has prevailed and people only want development. The state government has succeeded in giving the impression to the Prime Minister that there are no issues and people only need development. We can say the rally was a total failure, but for the state government it is a success as it has managed to suppress the people’s longstanding demand for an Autonomous State.”
He further said, “The ruling party has miserably failed to highlight the need for the implementation of Article 244 (A) of the Indian Constitution to the Prime Minister. Though the leaders have failed, the demand will continue until it is fulfilled.”
Teron claimed that between Rs. 40 crores to Rs. 50 crores were spent for the Prime Minister’s visit and wondered as to from where it was collected.
He said it will do no good for the people of Karbi Anglong if the leaders go on following the dictates of the state government. The elected members of the ruling party cannot speak or act on their own. They have to follow the dictate of Dispur.