ATCO declares 12-hour capital bandh

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Dec 24: Protesting against the state government’s alleged failure to address its demands, the Abo Tani Clan Organisation (ATCO) on Sunday declared a 12-hour capital bandh on 29 December, from 5 am onwards.
Briefing media persons at the press club here, ATCO President Yamara Taya said the organisation would launch a series of agitation until their demands are met.
The ATCO is demanding the creation of a Department of Abotani Traditional and Cultural Affairs (DATCA); shifting of the NHPC’s regional office from Guwahati to Itanagar; and sanctioning of 100 teachers’ posts for every community under the Tani clan.
The organisation is also demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Pema Khandu over the ‘dog’ remark he allegedly made against Leader of Opposition Takam Pario in the State Assembly.
Claiming that the majority the legislators under the Tani group were signatories to the demand for creating DATCA, the organisation alleged that the CM was only interested in promoting the Bhoti language.