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CM orders inquiry

Protests against participation of non-tribals in GHADC polls

SHILLONG: Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has asked the Political department to constitute an inquiry into the protests by pressure groups and militant outfits against the participation of non-tribals in the October 12 GHADC polls.
“There is a need to have deeper investigation due to the involvement of anti-national terrorist group (GNLA) with a conspiracy to disturb communal harmony in the State,” the chief minister told reporters on Monday.
According to the chief minister, the rule allows participation of permanent non-tribal residents of the land in the GHADC polls “and if the administration goes against the rule and conducts the election, this can be brought under scrutiny even to extent of declaring the polls as null and void,” he said.
The chief minister said that in the past almost all the political parties including the GNC had put up non-tribal candidates in the polls.
He also said that the Government will find out the real motive of people who create law and order problem and disturb the communal harmony.
“I have given necessary direction to the Political department to find out the intent of the people who are keen to create law and order problems in Garo Hills in the run-up to the polls,” the chief minister said.
The threat to the Congress candidates from militants was discussed by the Garo Hills based legislators on Monday and they will meet the chief minister for further deliberation on the matter.

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