Even with less than 24 hours to go before he reached Shillong to chair the 69th plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC), Union Home Minister Amit Shah had yet to confirm whether he will meet with representatives of the Meghalaya government.
The state government had requested the meeting to discuss the demand for the Inner Line Permit and other issues.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, however, was still hopeful that Shah, who will only spend a few hours in the state capital, will give his government a few minutes on the sidelines of the plenary.
“Normally, the Home Minister is very positive in these matters and he does make time, so I am hopeful that we would be able to get the appointment for the cabinet,” Sangma told reporters today. “His schedule will be very tight, so we will have to see, but we are hopeful that we will be able to meet him.”
Besides the government, representatives of various pressure groups and other organisations have also sought meetings with Shah.