COMSO threatens to step up pro-ILP stir in M’laya

Correspondent Shillong, Feb 21 | Publish Date: 2/21/2020 10:04:02 AM IST

Pro-Inner Line Permit groups under the banner of Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) Friday threatened to launch a massive movement to force the Narendra Modi-led government to extend the permit regime to the state.

Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations met Friday evening here and decided to hold discussion with various individuals and heads of traditional institutions in Shillong and Tura to turn the demand for Inner Line Permit (ILP) into a mass movement.

“We want it to be a people’s movement, and hence, we are not going to organise impromptu protests against the delay on the part of the Centre to extend the ILP to Meghalaya,” CoMSO chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin told reporters. 

He said the mass movement will be launched in the next few weeks after the conclusion of confabulations with individuals and groups.

Voicing disappointment over the outcome of Thursday’s meeting between Union Home Minister Amit Shah and a delegation led by Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, the chairman wondered why the chief minister expressed “satisfaction” after meeting the Home Minister.

“We were made to understand that the purpose of the meeting was to seek the implementation of the ILP. But the delegation did not get what we wanted. Maybe the delegation was happy that the Centre has not yet agreed to extend the ILP to Meghalaya. If it was not agreed that the ILP would be extended, what was there to be satisfied about,” Kharjahrin said.

In a statement, Sangma said that Shah assured the delegation that the Centre was examining the resolution passed by the Meghalaya Assembly demanding for the implementation of ILP.

The Meghalaya Assembly had on December 19 unanimously adopted a resolution urging the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to implement ILP in the state in view of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Kharjahrin said that the demand for ILP in Meghalaya resurfaced after the Centre decided to extend the permit regime to Manipur last year.

“All along, the Centre had stated that the ILP would not be extended to new states. But it did extend to Manipur last year. If Manipur could get, why not Meghalaya? If the indigenous population there can be safeguarded, why can’t the same be done for our state,” the CoMSO Chairman asked.


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