Shillong, Sept. 30: The inner-line permit is set to rock the proceedings of the Meghalaya Assembly, which will meet from October 4. The United Democratic Party (UDP) dared chief minister Mukul Sangma to provide evidence on the allegation that there is a “political conspiracy” behind the ongoing demand by various groups, including the Opposition, to implement the permit regime.
In a special meeting convened this evening, the UDP leaders vowed to take the ILP issue inside the Assembly with the Meghalaya People’s Front (MPF), a conglomerate of Opposition parties, all set with an adjournment motion on the issue.
Disclosing this at a press conference, UDP working president Paul Lyngdoh said the Opposition would bring up the ILP issue in the Assembly through an adjournment motion.
The Assembly will meet from Friday till October 10 to be followed with a brief recess as on October 21, President Pranab Mukherjee will deliver an address to the state legislators in his maiden visit to Meghalaya after he was elected to occupy Rashtrapati Bhavan.
At the same time, Lyngdoh dared the chief minister to provide sufficient evidence on the allegation that the ongoing demand by various groups to implement the ILP was only a “political conspiracy”.
“If no satisfactory reply is received from him (Sangma), we will take up the issue inside the Assembly,” Lyngdoh said.
Recently, the chief minister, while inferring that the ongoing demand for ILP was a political conspiracy against him, said: “If you are looking at the rhetoric from various directions, particularly from the Opposition, I have reasons to believe they (Opposition) are adding fuel to the fire. I have reasons to believe they must be in close contact with these agitating pressure groups.”
Moreover, Lyngdoh expressed surprise that the report of the high-level committee on influx, which had recommended the implementation of the ILP, was discarded by the Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) and the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) even when the state cabinet was yet to give its views on the report.
“The proper forum to discuss about the report is the cabinet, which till date, has not sat to examine what the committee had recommended. But the MUA and the CLP were quick to discard the report,” he said.
He also targeted the chief minister by asking, “The same person who constituted the committee is the same person who said the (implementation of the) ILP was out of the question. How can that be?”
The UDP, while endorsing the demand for ILP, also appealed to all concerned to refrain from acts of violence, including destruction of private and public property.
At the same time, it appealed to the agitating pressure groups to respect the religious sensibilities and religious festivals of various groups, including the upcoming Durga Puja, while embarking on any agitation.
Moreover, the party gave a strong appeal to the state police to refrain from causing random arrests and subjecting innocent citizens to undue harassment.
On the government’s stand that there would be better mechanisms to be put in place, rather than the ILP, to check influx and illegal immigration, Lyngdoh said, “There are various legislation already in place, but nothing has worked satisfactorily. Hence, we feel that the ILP is the need of the hour.”