Meghalaya : All-party meet on ILP

The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma was requested by the opposition Congress to send a delegation of all 60 MLAs of the Assembly to Delhi to discuss on the grant of ILP system of regulation with Centre.

The demand to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) has been taken for granted by the Centre said Congress Chief Whip, PT Sawkmie on Sunday. He requested Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to tread ahead to Delhi along with all the sixty MLAs and three MPs to put pressure on the Centre and if necessary is asked to take strict action in Delhi.

19 Congress MLAs stood positive on the resolution passed unanimously in the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly without raising any further doubts and the decision is given to the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues who meet and discuss about it with the Union Home Minister.

The Opposition Chief Whip said, “Now this issue is almost reaching one year and we have to again remind the Centre especially the Union Home Minister of whatever has been committed for this issue”.

The chief minister was asked by the Union Home Minister to pass the resolution in the State Assembly and return to him.

Sawkmie said, “I would like to request that he should fulfill the promise but it seems he has taken the demand for granted”.

“Now it is high time the chief minister should fix appointment with the Union Home Minister and all the sixty MLAs including the three MPs should go to Delhi,” he said.

Sawkmie putting pressure on the move said, “On this matter we cannot go separately as Congress, NPP or regional party; we have to be one and stick to our resolution that we have passed”.

Sawkmie in demand for a decision said, “From our end we should put pressure on the Union Home Minister and all sixty should stand united.”

“Now is the time; if they do not listen to all sixty MLAs and MPs we will have to protest in Delhi,” he added.

“We understand that this matter now depends much on Delhi and not with the state government. The state government is ready 100 per cent to implement ILP while the Centre seems adamant and therefore we have to put pressure now and if they do not respect, protest”, said Sawkmie on the farmers protest in the national capital on farm bill.

Sawkmie said, “I expressed my thanks to the Governor as he knows and listens to the problems of the people”.

“Getting support from the Governor is an added advantage as Delhi may also consider our demand. I am hopeful things will be in the right track as expected by the people of our state,” he added.