KSU reiterates its opposition to CAA

Correspondent Shillong, Jan 11 | Publish Date: 1/11/2020 10:41:44 AM IST
Meghalaya’s powerful Khasi Students Union (KSU) on Saturday reiterated it will not accept the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act in the state of Meghalaya.
 “We have decided under one voice that we will never accept the CAA in our state and continue to oppose it. We are just waiting for January 22 hearing filed by the NESO (North East Student’s Organisation) at the Supreme Court on this matter,” KSU supremo, Lambokstarwell Marngar said after the Union’s General Executive Council.
 He said the KSU will conduct a public meeting in various parts of the state to garner support of the people including the traditional institutions into the matter.
The KSU also lambasted the Conrad Sangma-led government for “sitting idle” till date after the Meghalaya Assembly passed the resolution urging the central government to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime in the State.
“It has already been 11 days this year but we don’t see the council of our ministers in Delhi to knock at the central government’s door to implement ILP.  It cannot be said whether the centre has not invited or maybe the state government is still in slumber,” Marngar said.
Demanding that the state government should immediately implement the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security Act, 2016 (MRSSA) and to speed up construction of the Entry-Exit points till the centre implements ILP in the State, the KSU Chief said, “If the entry-exit points in Manipur is operational for few days after the state got the ILP, why does our government strengthen the infiltration check gates till the entry-exit points are completed.”
Marngar further warned the government that if the delay to set up the Entry-Exit points continues, the Khasi Students Union will be forced to once again set up its check gates to check illegal immigrants in the state.
Questioning the government authorities for claiming that the government is under “financial constraints” for construction of the entry-exit points, the KSU leader wondered how the government has all the finance to organised various festivals spending crores of rupees.
 “If even a BSF personnel is attacked by the Bangladeshi then it’s sad if the government does not understand and have the political will and see the seriousness of the matter,” Marngar said.
On the vexed inter-state boundary dispute with Assam, Marngar asked the state government to be aggressive to resolve the inter-state dispute relationship with Assam.
 He also urged the government to restart the Chief Minister level meeting between the two states so that people in the border area are no longer suppressed.
“If the state government is not aggressive in this matter, the Khasi Students Union will have to go to the people and take matters into our hand,” he added.
“We will meet the Syiems and Dorbar Himas and collect the land documents etc to produce as evidence that the land belongs to Meghalaya,” he said.


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