Shillong, Dec 17: Former Meghalaya legislator, Ardent Miller Basaïawmoit has asked the BJP-backed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government to pass an official resolution not to implement the Citizenship Amendment Act ( CAA), 2019 and to issue a notification to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state.
“We want the state government to pass an official resolution not to implement the CAA. I am happy to see that the people are protesting against the CAA, which is one of the issues I have raised in the Assembly in 2016 when the state is still sleeping. I have seen this as a threat to our state,” he told reporters on Monday evening.
Basaïawmoit said that the state government does not necessarily need to call a special session to pass the resolution on ILP, but they only need to issue a notification to implement ILP in the state.
On the ongoing protest against the CAA and public demand to implement ILP, the former legislator said, “The way the people are protesting is a sign that we can stop the CAA in our state and we see a revival of the ILP demand. I also the first who brought the resolution in Assembly in 2013 on the need to implement ILP, but the resolution lost through voice vote as none supported the resolution. But today everybody in one voice demanded ILP which is good.”
Alleging that the decision of the state government to have a special session of the state Assembly and pass a resolution on ILP as an “attempt to fool the public”, Basaïawmoit said, “If all political parties and all MLAs now wanted ILP, it is not that they want it from their heart, but because they fear the power of the people. It is because of the fear that they will lose their chair and now want to succumb to the voice of the people.”
Moreover, he said that the state government does not necessarily need to call for a special session but they only need to issue a notification to implement ILP in the state under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. “In the principal Act, the regulation extends to the district of Kachar, Kamrup, Khasi and Jaiñtia Hills, Lakhimpur, Naga Hills, Naogon and Sipsagar. The act states that it shall be lawful for the state government to prescribe and form time to time notification to implement ILP.
We should demand that they issue a notification. They may say that the notification is only for Khasi Jaiñtia Hills. But recently, the government of Nagaland has extended ILP to Dimapur and it does not need the approval of the Centre. Therefore the people should not be misled. If the state government wants to implement ILP, it should issue a notification and it can be extended to other parts if necessary,” Basaiawmoit said. UNI