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Govt move to form Garo council opposed

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 - Six organizations, including the All Rabha Students� Union (ARSU), have threatened to launch a series of agitational programmes from January 20 if the proposed Garo Autonomous Council is created from within the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) area.

Representatives of the six organizations expressed apprehensions that further division of the RHAC by including the Garo-dominated villages will lead to tensions between various ethnic groups.

Ramensingh Rabha, president of ARSU, told media persons today that the State Government is trying to play vote-bank politics at the cost of the overall welfare of the RHAC, which is unfortunate.

He claimed that the people residing in the RHAC that comprises of 779 villages are worried about the implications that the proposed move may bring.

�It is a poll gimmick and we strongly oppose the move. We have also intimated the department concerned about this,� Rabha said, adding �some vested interest circles, including some tainted individuals, are behind the proposed move.�

The organizations have now asked the State Government to drop the idea of forming the Garo Autonomous Council and also facilitate inclusion of RHAC in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

It has also asked both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party to make their stand clear on the issues, failing which they will be barred from organizing any meeting in the RHAC areas.

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