FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, Jan 21: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma today joined the people of Ampati in a grand celebration of the 45th year of Statehood Day, which was celebrated in a befitting manner incorporating a number of events and programmes in convergence with various line departments at Ampati Students Field here on Saturday.
Greeting the people on the occasion, the Chief Minister expressed his deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to the leaders of the past, who out of love and compassion to the people, struggled relentlessly through non-violent movement which culmited in the creation of this beautiful Hill State without a single drop of blood being shed.
“It is this story of peaceful movement that the people of this generation must connect with and this story must be spread to others across the world” he said.
He, was, however pained to see youths who are “disconnected with the past” resorting to all forms of violence piggy-riding on the me of the community, adding that all issues and grievances can always be resolved within the framework of our Constitution. Stating the Meghalaya was pluralistic society and in this pluralistic society we cannot live in isolation, the Chief Minister said that today if there are various communities co-existing mutually with the three major tribes of the State it is because our forefathers have known the art of peaceful co-existence.
He also felt that there was “a complete disconnect with the great story of our State among the youths today”, which is why the State Government since the past two years decided that the Statehood Day should be celebrated in every district in a befitting manner, he added.
The Chief Minister also reiterated that the people of the State with very less population were so privileged to have 60 MLAs that the electorate can have the indulgence of getting connected directly with their elected representatives and urged upon the electorate to take advantage of this privilege for overall good of their respective areas.
Appealing to the people for their continued support and cooperation as true partners with the government in carrying forward all its developmental initiatives, the Chief Minister called upon the gathering to delink themselves from selfish motives and work together for the larger interest of all. He also shared to the audience about the ambitious agenda being planned by the government five years from now when the State turns 50.
Later, the Chief Minister released the balloons to mark the occasion, with a call to the people to promote the true values of freedom and democracy, and work hand in hand to build a united and peaceful capable of ensuring growth and prosperity to all.
The day-long celebration began with “Meghalaya Day Run” flagged off by South West Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner and included events like food festival, display of stalls by various departments and flower arrangement. The celebration also witnessed colourful cultural dances and songs presented by school children and various cultural groups.