M’laya Guv, CM to go to Delhi to pursue ILP 

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By: Dhrubajyoti Chakravorty

SHILLONG, Dec 6: Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik and chief minister Conrad Sangma are likely to visit Delhi on December 19 to pursue the implementation of ILP in Meghalaya.

Sources said that the tentative date has been fixed for December 19 to meet either Union home minister Amit Shah or Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sources said that while the Raj Bhavan does not want any law and order situation to spiral out of control since the governor was newly appointed to look after the state, there is pressure on the NPP-led coalition government led by Conrad to douse the anger of the pressure groups over the delay in the implementation of ILP even after the Assembly passed a resolution in this regard.

The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) has already reiterated its plan to carry on with protests despite the assurance of the chief minister and the governor that they will visit Delhi to take up the implementation of ILP.

According to sources, what angered the pressure groups is that though the delegation comprising chief minister, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong and cabinet minister Renikton Tongkhar met the union home minister recently in Delhi, there was no assurance on the part of the central minister regarding the implementation of ILP.

Last year December, the chief minister had led the MDA delegation to meet the Union home minister on the need to implement ILP in the state in the context of protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

The reply of Shah then was to come after the Christmas celebrations.

Besides the CoMSO, the KSU has also been insisting to implement ILP in the state though it had reiterated the need to set up entry-exit points in the state to prevent influx.

The chief minister recently said the entry and exit points at Umling may come up in the second week of December.

During a meeting with the chief minister, the CoMSO had conveyed to him the need to involve all the political parties to pursue the ILP.

The suggestion of the CoMSO was that an-all party delegation should knock on the door of the Union government on the need to implement ILP at the earliest.

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