Statehood demand: ASDC demands tripartite talks

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DIPHU, Nov 18: The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) on Sunday urged the Centre to initiate a tripartite talks in New Delhi in the presence of officials from Assam government on the issue of Autonomous State comprising Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao under Article 244(a) of the Constitution of India.

“The movement for Autonomous State by the people of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao is 30 years old now. But the Union government is still neglecting the issue,” ASDC president and former minister Terang told reporters at ASDC Central Committee office here on Sunday.

“The hill people of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao are demanding what is there in the constitution, whereas the Bodos are demanding which is not there in the Constitution. But the Union government is favouring the Bodo people. I am not against the Bodo people’s demand, but I am condemning the Union government for neglecting the hill people and adopting ‘pick and choose’ policy,” Terang said.

Terang said that the Union home minister Rajnath Singh has invited Bodo leaders for tri-partite talks on the issue of separate Bodoland on November 19.

“The BJP has brought the issue of Autonomous State just before the last Parliamentary elections. The BJP-led NDA government is on the verge of completing five years, but has not uttered anything regarding the issue,” Terang said.

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