Shillong Feb 4: United Democratic Party senior working president Bindo M Lanong said it is high time for the state government to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in view of the Centre’s move to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
“In the face of all this (issue related to the CAB), I think it is time for the government to consider implementing the ILP. We need ILP and this is my personal opinion since the party is yet to officially discuss this matter,” Lanong told reporters here on Monday.
The UDP leader also recalled when he was the deputy chief minister in-charge law, he was asked to head a committee which was constituted by the then chief minister Mukul Sangma to have a consultation with different NGOs on the demand for ILP.
He said the NGOs in the first meeting itself said there will be no discussion as they are all in favour of ILP. “So we sent a unanimous report (to the government) that there was nothing short of the ILP,” Lanong said.
The former legislator also pointed out that the Thrang Rngad Committee had also recommended the implementation of the Inner Line Permit.
He also strongly reacted to the statement made by the opposition Congress that the regional political parties have not responded properly to the issue related to the citizenship bill.
“The UDP was the first to bring to the knowledge of the public about the fear and after effects of the citizenship bill. We have also discussed the ill effect that is going to cause the country and the North Eastern region if millions of people are offered in a plater by the BJP to come over to India during the recently held meeting of regional parties from the region at Guwahati,” he said.
He said the BJP have felt the urgency to bring foreign nationals just to increase its vote investment without taking into consideration the burden on the country to provide facilities to them.
“All these will cause great financial burden to the government. We feel this is really at a very wrong timing as it is just few months before the Lok Sabha elections,” Lanong said adding the party has asked the BJP-led NDA government to drop this idea and withdraw this bill.