Shillong: People of Meghalaya were seen rejoicing after the Meghalaya Assembly passed the resolution on the Inner Line Permit under the Bengal Frontier Resolution 1873. The resolution was cleared unanimously at a special session of the Assembly held on Thursday.
Members of the social organisations and student body waited patiently at the U Soso Tham Auditorium to get the final word that the resolution has been passed. Numbering in thousands, the crowd waved the flags of their organisation and danced in jubilation once the news reached them. Soon the crowd paraded through the city street towards Jaiaw from U Soso Tham Auditoriumin even as shops downed their shutters and the streets wore a deserted look.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma thanked all the political parties, the opposition especially for understanding the needs and the sentiments of the people and for working along with the government when it comes to safeguarding the interest of the people.
“This is nobody’s victory and nobody’s loss. I think we are in it all together. And I feel that every citizen and stakeholder has played his or her role in ensuring that we move forward in this positive manner. I don’t think it as an achievement as such, I think it is a process and it is very important part of the process. As we had mentioned in the House, all the different members across the political parties have reiterated on the floor of the House that we need to find measures to ensure that the indigenous people are protected and safeguarded. I think this is one very important step towards that and with this resolution coming from the Assembly it carries a lot of weight,” Sangma told EastMojo.
Former chief minister and Leader of Opposition, Mukul Sangma said, “The beauty was that it was a collective decision resulting in the adoption of the resolution“.
Sangma added that, “BJP has been successful in dividing the NorthEast. Not just dividing the state but also in dividing the people, which doesn’t go well with the people. Because as a nation we must value the strength that we have drawn from this huge diversity that the nation has. It has been seen as an inherent strength of the nation. Unfortunately it is painful to see that the whole political and social maneuvering that the political parties in power has resorted and succumb to”.
Reacting to the development, KSU president, Lambokstar Marngnar said, “The union has been demanding the implementation of the ILP since 1987 and today’s development is a step closer to the goal of achieving it. He thanked the people for their support and said that this resolution was very important since it is a long pending demand. He also said that the state government has pursued this aggressively and sincerely, expect that the central government will listen to the voice of the people.”
On whether this resolution marks the end of the agitation, KSU General Secretary, Donald Thabah said that the agitation will not stop but since it is a festive season they will put the agitation aside and it will be a lukewarm agitation. He however said that one should remember that we might get ILP but we are still opposing the CAA not just in Meghalaya and but the entire North East region.
CoMSO chairperson, Robertjune Kharjarin said, “It has been a long demand of the people of the state to have ILP in the state of Meghalaya for the protection of the identity, colour and land of the people. We are happy that all the MLAs have voted for ILP unanimously, and this in itself will send a very strong message to the union government. We do hope that the union government will respect our sentiments.”
General Secretary of Federation of Khasi Jaintia Garo People or FKJGP, Dundee Cliff Khongsit said that KSU, RBYF and HNYF sincerely thank the state legislators and would urge the centre to give their approval.
“Implementation of the ILP will only be done after we get the approval from the union government. This is a first step in which the state as a whole in solidarity they have taken the voice of the people. We urge the central government to implement ILP in Meghalaya,” said Khongsit.