| A fireman tries to douse flames in a textile shop in Police Bazar in Shillong on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos |
Shillong, Sept. 26: The Meghalaya Congress Legislature Party and the MUA will meet here tomorrow to have another round of discussions on the stalemate on inner-line permit (ILP) issue.
Last week, MUA members comprising Congress, NCP and Independent legislators met to reject the demand for introduction of ILP in the state to check influx and illegal immigration.
But with no respite in sight, the twin meetings had been convened for tomorrow and would be held at the official residence of chief minister Mukul Sangma from 7pm, sources said.
A source said tomorrow’s deliberations would mainly focus on the imbroglio which has been hitting the state hard for nearly a month now.
Last week, Sangma said the MUA was unanimous in rejecting the demand for implementation of the ILP as put forth by more than a dozen pressure groups and Opposition parties.
The chief minister also ruled out any talks with pressure groups as long as they continue to agitate.
Since September 2, shutdowns, night road blockades and picketing of offices have been the order of the day in Meghalaya as the government bluntly refused to give in to the demands of the groups while making it clear that it had better laws and mechanism to check influx and illegal immigration.
Normal life across the state has been affected in the last 24 days although expectations are high that a dialogue between the government and the agitating groups will be reconvened soon to end the current impasse.
The Meghalaya People’s Front (MPF) comprising Opposition parties, including the United Democratic Party (UDP), National People’s Party (NPP), Garo National Council (GNC) and Independent legislators, have been training their guns on Sangma and have also demanded his resignation.
Earlier this week, leaders of the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP), UDP, and the NPP came together and voiced their support for the implementation of the ILP. They also threatened to launch a series of agitation if the government continued to remain adamant to the demand.
The volatile situation refuses to die down as another shop was gutted today at a commercial hub.
According to police, around 7.45am armed goons hurled a petrol bomb at M/s Satyanarain Textile shop belonging to Deepak Choukhani at Khyndailad.
As a result, police said goods valued around Rs 60 lakh were damaged. The goons also assaulted Bobby Choukhani. The victim sustained minor injuries.
The police said last night around 11, goons lobbed a petrol bomb at the private residence (under construction) of Meghalaya’s additional chief secretary B.K. Dev Verma at Mawpat on the outskirts of the city.
No one was, however, injured.