Shillong, Sept. 2: The Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) today came out in support of the pressure groups which are demanding the implementation of the inner-line permit in Meghalaya while the state Congress has thrown its weight behind the Mukul Sangma government.
“The HNLC gives its full support to all the groups that are fighting for the implementation of the ILP in the state as this is the only mechanism which can safeguard our indigenous population,” HNLC “publicity secretary” Sainkupar Nongtraw said in statement emailed to media houses.
At the same time, the HNLC demanded scrapping of the Indo-Nepal Treaty of Friendship, 1950 and repatriation of Bangladesh refugees living in the city.
He also said the threat to the indigenous population of Meghalaya is not so much from “foreigners”, but from inter-state migrants.
“The threat from inter-state migrants is larger as they come to populate and stake their claim in economic and employment opportunities. It is also a fact that the migrants pose a threat to the institution of marriage, which often leads to inter-community marriages,” Nongtraw said.
The outfit also believed that if chief minister Mukul Sangma is from the Garo tribe, he should take the responsibility of safeguarding the indigenous people by agreeing to the demand for the implementation of the ILP.
“He (Sangma) should also set aside those labour and trade organisations which are close to the Congress, and at the same time, he should not concentrate on increasing the Congress’s vote bank like it is being done every year,” Nongtraw added.
He likened the Hynniewtrep (Khasi-Jaintia) and Garo tribes with the German race, which, according to him, had faced near extinction at the hands of the Jewish people.
“Even if the entire world scorns, the history of the German race cannot overlook Adolf Hitler who fought against the Jews to keep his own race alive,” the HNLC publicity secretary added.
Nongtraw also spoke of the efforts made by former Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) leaders Michael Syiem and Bull Lyngdoh in 1979 and 1987 in their fight against influx and illegal immigration in the state.
PCC voice: Breaking its silence over the raging debate on whether the ILP should be introduced in the state, the Meghalaya PCC today said “emotional populist politics is not the need of the hour, but a rational and logical approach” to tackle influx and illegal immigration in the state.
In a statement, PCC general secretary Manbor Sing Warjri said the party was “serious and committed” to tackle this issue, which has already been demonstrated by the measures taken up by the state government in right earnest.
“The problem of influx and illegal immigration can be addressed by other mechanisms and not only just the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation of 1873, or the ILP. The party has complete confidence in the government, and that the legal and constitutional mechanisms currently contemplated, structured and prepared by the government will be most adequate in the present conditions of polity, economy and society,” Warjri added.
At the same time, he said that the Congress was “open, inclusive and objective” in its policies and it is definitely “not a party with a lack of ideas” to surf on a political tide that is found wanting in substance or reality.
He also said though the ILP was highlighted in the election manifesto of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), the people “outrightly rejected” this party, and that it drew a blank in the elections.
Polling less than one per cent of the total votes polled only shows that they do not have the political mandate, and that their narrow ideological appeal has been rebutted by the people of the state, Warjri said.