Shillong, May 4: Intensifying the agitation over the alleged enrolment of dubious voters, the NGOs spearheading the anti-enrolment drive have called for office picketing here on Monday.
The office picketing, sponsored by the KSU, FKJGP and HNYF, will be effective in all the four districts of East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Ri Bhoi districts. Schools and colleges will be exempted from the purview of the office picketing. Announcing the decision here today, KSU president Daniel Khyriem said the NGOs are dissatisfied with the empty assurances by Meghalaya government. Khyriem said the government has not fulfilled the key demands of the NGOs which include closing down of the facilitation cell for registering voters at the office of East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner. Another demand was immediate stop to the enrolment of voters. “If these two demands are not met, we will continue to hold agitation in the days to come,” Khyriem added.
On the all-party meeting announced by chief minister Mukul Sangma to discuss the matter, the KSU leader said the NGOs have nothing to say, as “our concern is that once the enrolment of dubious voters continues, this will be a threat to the indigenous people”. This is the third phase of agitation called by the NGOs to protest against the stand of the government.
Earlier, road blockades for two consecutive periods were called by the NGOs. During the blockade, goons torched government buildings and government vehicles.
The police have registered a case against the leaders of NGOs who have sponsored the recent blockade in Shillong.
Sub-inspector L.D. Sangma has lodged a complaint with Lumdiengjri police station that on April 23, the leaders of the various NGOs, including Khyriem, Joe Marwein, Wilberth Rani, G.H. Kharshanlor and S.K. Blah had delivered inflammatory speeches during a meeting jointly organised by KSU, FKJGP, HNYF and SSSS at Motphran.