CoMSO warns MLAs who oppose State Assembly’s resolution on ILP

Shillong, Dec 14: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organization (CoMSO) on Saturday warned stern protest against legislators who oppose the passing of resolution in the State Assembly to urge the Centre to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.

CoMSO, a conglomerate of social organizations led by the Hynñiewtrep Youth Council (HYC) has also demanded the Centre to notify the ILP under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 within two days after adopting the resolution by the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, chairman of the confederation, Robertjune Kharjahrin said, “we welcome the decision of the cabinet delegation, who met union minister Amit Shah today morning, to convene a special session of the State Assembly for passing a resolution on ILP.”

The confederation also appealed to all 60 legislators including opposition Congress leader Mukul Sangma to unanimously in one voice adopt the resolution to urge the Centre for immediate introduction of the ILP in the state of Meghalaya.

Sending a strong warning against anti-ILP MLAs, Kharjahrin said, “We will take out stern protest against MLAs who dare to oppose the passing of the ILP resolution in the Assembly. Mukul Sangma should understand that he cannot play with the sentiments of the people.”

At the same time, the confederation asked the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre to notify the resolution to be passed by the state Assembly in the same manner as it was done in the case of Manipur.

“We demand nothing less than the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. We don’t know what is there in mind of the Union home minister Amit Shah that within 2 days, ILP is extended to Manipur. So with the same mind that he had, he should bring Meghalaya under ILP,” Kharjahrin said.

Stating that it is only the ILP, which can safeguard the indigenous communities and check the spillover of illegal immigrants, who got citizenship under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, he said, “ILP should be a Christmas gift from the Centre and the state government.”

The confederation also condemned the chief minister Conrad K Sangma for claiming that there is no illegal immigrant in the state. “We cannot accept his (CM) statement. How can you deny the presence of such people even when the process of identification and detection has never been done in this regard,” Kharjahrin said.

The CoMSO has also decided to continue its protest till the ILP demand is achieved.