The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (COMSO) will hold a statewide ‘candle light vigil’ tomorrow, as a mark of protest against the Centre’s delay to implement the inner line permit (ILP) in the State.
The protest will coincide with Meghalaya’s 49th year of statehood celebrations and ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state to chair the 69th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shillong on Saturday.
“The candlelight vigil will be held in all the district headquarters of the state to express our concern on the delay to implement the ILP,” COMSO secretary Roypar Synrem said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
In the state capital, the lighting of candles will take place at Madan Malki from 3 pm to 6 pm, he informed.
Synrem said, besides the protest is also against the delay of the Governor to give his approval to the Meghalaya Residents, Safety and Security (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the long pending boundary dispute with Assam, relocation of the Sweeper’s Colony and the delay to include Khasi and Garo languages in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
Meanwhile, COMSO will also observe two minutes silence as a mark of respect to the departed leaders of the hill state movement.