Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports and prominent North East Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) figure Kiren Rijiju today said that the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sensitive to the needs of the North East, but refused to commit one way on the other on the demand to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
Rijiju was replying to a query while on the visit to the state capital to inaugurate two sports facilities.
“What I can say is for the protection of the indigenous language, culture, tradition, social practices and heritage, everything is being done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government,” Rijiju said. “We have to harmonise the entire nation and we have to promote local culture. On top of that we have to be peaceful everywhere.”
Meanwhile, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), which is at the forefront of the demand for ILP, staged a protest outside North-Eastern Hill University where the minister attended the inauguration of facilities at the Sports Authority of India Training Centre.
The KSU also protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act.