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‘CAA alone cannot protect Meghalaya from influx’

Shillong, Jan 13: The state youth wing of the Khun Hynñiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) today said that total exemption of Meghalaya from the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) alone cannot protect the state from influx while asking the state government to stick by the demand for the Inner Line Permit (ILP).
“We fail to understand how exemption from CAA can protect Meghalaya from the dangers of influx. Once migrants get their citizenship they can enter the state of Meghalaya,” youth wing president Thomas Passah said.
Pointing out that if Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, and Manipur are exempted and also have ILP he said the exemption of the state of Meghalaya from CAA without ILP has no meaning and if the state does not get the ILP, even after the Meghalaya Assembly passed the resolution it would be a disgrace to the state.
Demanding the state government to take up the ILP issue with the centre immediately, he said that the BJP MLAs who have given their consent on the ILP resolution in the assembly should also push and convince their leaders in Delhi.
“We are hopeful that the government of India also respects the decision of the people of our state,” he added.