The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) a conglomeration of various pressure groups on Saturday marked the first anniversary of the ILP resolution passed by the Meghalaya Assembly through a protest.
The Central Government is yet to give its nod to implementation of ILP in the State and pressure groups in the State are organising a series of protest to call attention on the need to introduce it to curb illegal migration.
Members of the group burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Congress legislator from Assam Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, who recently came to Shillong and met Chief Minister Conrad Sangma urging him not to implement ILP in the State.
COMSO chairman Robertjune Kharjahrin demanded contempt proceedings be initiated against Purkayastha for opposing ILP in Meghalaya.
“The decision to implement ILP in Meghalaya was a unanimous resolution adopted by the 60 legislators of the Meghalaya assembly and the Congress legislator from Assam going against the collective decision is a case of contempt,” Kharjahrin said.
At the protest which was held at the Jaiaw Parking Lot near Motphran, Kharjahrin appealed to the Centre to honour the aspirations of the people of Meghalaya and implement ILP in the state.
“The indigenous people of Meghalaya have fought for too long. Once again, we urge the Meghalaya government to lead a delegation of the 60 MLAs to go to Delhi and demand for ILP,” the COMSO chairman said.
After burning the effigies the protestors shouted slogans in favour of ILP and against Citizenship Amendment Act, amidst sound of the Ksing (standing drum of the Khasis).
COMSO has also decided to hold a ‘torch rally’ on December 30 to commemorate the death anniversary of U Kiang Nangbah and again demand for the implementation of the ILP in Meghalaya.
Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik flew to the national capital to meet Union home minister Amit Shah on the growing demand for ILP besides the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Amendment Bill, 2020.