From A Reporter
SHILLONG, Dec 4: Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) Central Executive Committee has decided to stage a three-day hunger strike demonstration from Thursday, which coincides with late Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) leader Bull Lyngdoh’s death anniversary. The decision was taken by HYC Central Executive Committee as the State government has allegedly failed to meet its 14-point charter of demands, including the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) to check influx. Addressing reporters here on Monday, HYC general secretary Robert June Kharjahrin informed the media that the hunger strike will begin with a march from Dhankheti, where the statue of the late KSU leader is located, and later proceed to Additiol Secretariat parking lot where the three-day hunger strike will be staged. “We are staging this hunger strike to protest against the indifferent attitude of the State government towards our demands,” he said. Kharjahrin further warned that if the government fails to bring about any resolution to implement the demands of the HYC, especially concerning ILP to check influx, in the upcoming Winter Session of the Meghalya Legislative Assembly scheduled from Friday, then the Council will be forced to take stronger action against the Congress party, which is current in power in Meghalaya.
“If the Congress party or any other party does not include our demands in their manifesto, then we will have to campaign against these parties in the upcoming 20187 election,” he said.
He pointed out that most political parties include resolving pending issues, including solving of border disputes, in their manifesto before elections. However, when they are elected to power, they conveniently forget these issues, he alleged, adding “there has not been any government which has taken up the issue seriously”.