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28 May 2012

Mizoram 'NO' To Autonomous District Council

Aizawl, May 28 : Mizoram home minister R Lalzirliana has reiterated that there would be no more creation of autonomous district council at the expense of Mizoram's territorial integrity.

"The Mizoram government would not support any demand for autonomous district council. I would like to make it crystal clear that the state government will not create any autonomous district council anywhere in Mizoram," Lalzirliana said while addressing a public meeting at Keifang on Saturday.

Expressing his deep regret over the misunderstanding between the Young Mizo Association (YMA) and the militants' outfit Hmar People's Convention-Democratic (HPC-D), Lalzirliana said, "YMA is the umbrella organisation that embraces the Mizos, irrespective of political ideologies and religious beliefs.

It is really unfortunate that a certain organisation has imposed a ban on the YMA. It shocks the Mizoram government and the Mizos."

Saying that the people's security if the government's policy, the home minister appealed the public to denounce the use of violence and threat that jeopardise the harmonious co-existence of different tribes in Mizoram.

Meanwhile, the central committee of Young Mizo Association has made an appeal to militants' group Hmar People's Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) to lift its ban on the YMA within the HPC-D's demanded area.

The HPC-D on April 17 served a diktat to the leaders of all YMA branches under the HPC-D's demanded area to resign before April 25, in a sharp reaction to the central YMA president's alleged remarks against the HPC-D's demand for Hmar autonomy carved out of large part of north and northeastern Mizoram.

Bowing to the militants' threat, majority of the YMA branches leaders resigned.

This was the first of its kind in the history of the state's largest and most influential organisation YMA, founded by English missionaries in 1935 as a substitute to Zawlbuk, the pre-Christian Mizos' social institution.


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