Shillong, Feb 5: National People’s Party (NPP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Tuesday denied that state government has delayed getting the assent of the governor to various bills passed by district councils while also asking pro-ILP groups not to be in hurry to demand for implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) system.
Tynsong who accompanied NPP candidates during the filing of nominations, told reporters that the allegation was not a new thing that the state government was showing its power or delaying the bills passed by the district councils.
“This allegation is not new because one Chief Executive Member (CEM) to another was alleging that the state government is holding or delaying the bills passed by the Council. Infact the government is only an agency that forwards the bills to the governor and the governor seeks views from the state government though legal experts and provided the same to the governor. The governor also has the power to either return the bill or suggest for modification. This is the system and it is according to the provisions of the sixth schedule,” Tynsong said.
The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council CEM, H.S. Shylla alleged that the NPP-led MDA government was holding in the Secretariat a number of important bills passed by the Council including the Clan Administration Bill, Khasi lineage Amendment Bill and the KHDA (Inner Line as adopted from the Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873) Regulation Bill, 2018.
When asked about the demand to implement ILP, Tynsong said, “Why should we be in hurry and we don’t know why they are in hurry (to implement ILP). As a party under the leadership of Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma and as convener of all political parties in North East, we have gone to Delhi to oppose the CAB and that it should not be introduced in Parliament. We have mechanisms where the State Assembly had passed a law which we can talk of improving this legislation and strengthen it.”
“I appeal to the NGOs and HS Shylla that he should understand as a matured politician and should not make the people emotional. We are leading the government and we are not here to play with the state. What I wanted to say is, we need to sit and discuss thoroughly. You cannot say that the CAB would be passed, and from our side we have served an ultimatum to the Government of India and let us see. Even when the joint parliamentary committee on CAB visited Meghalaya last year, we have already passed a resolution that we cannot accept this amendment. When we went to Delhi, we also met leaders of political parties which are allies of the NDA who also assured us that they would support that the CAB should not be introduced in this ongoing session of Parliament,” Tynsong said.
On the elections to the two Autonomous District Councils to be held on February 27, Tynsong said that the NPP will secure majority and form the new Executive Committee in both KHADC and JHADC.