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Shillong, Jan 15: Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Sanjeev Kumar Balyan who arrived in the city on Wednesday was greeted with protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 and delay of the Centre to approve the resolution on Inner Line Permit (ILP).
The protest was staged by the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO), a conglomeration of various pressure groups who vowed to make similar protests during official visits by any union minister against the CAA and the delay in implementing ILP.
“Tell Amit Shah to approve the ILP resolution in Meghalaya”, “No CAA implement ILP in Meghalaya” – read some of the placards carried by the protesters.
Initially, the CoMSO members tried to march towards the BJP office but were restricted by the police.
Later a delegation of the CoMSO was invited for discussion with the central leadership of the BJP.
After the meeting, Balyan told reporters that the delegation of the CoMSO wanted to meet the Union Home Minister to discuss the implementation of Inner Line Permit (IL)) in the state and to exempt the state from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.
“I assured them that I will go I will meet the Home Minister and I will request to give appointment to the NGOs and also to the members of the state BJP,” Deodhar said.
Meanwhile, CoMSO member Donboklang Kharlyngdoh said that in their meeting with the central BJP leaders they made it clear that they wanted the centre to implement ILP as well as oppose CAA in Meghalaya.
“We told him about the situation in the state and said that the state immediately needs ILP. This is not the demand of the pressure groups but of the people of the state,” Kharlyngdoh said.
He also said that the CoMSO informed the central leadership of the BJP about the public rally of December 13 last year near the Raj Bhavan which convinced strong critics of the ILP like the Congress to agree that the state needs it.
“Through the Union Minister of state we would like to send a message to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah that Christmas is over and the New Year is also here. Therefore the centre should approve the resolution passed by the Meghalaya Assembly to implement ILP in the state,” the CoMSO member said.
Union MoS Balyan to facilitate meeting between HM and NGOs
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