SHILLONG, April 13: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) is of the opinion that it is high time that the Meghalaya government pushes the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government to end the Indo Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, 1950.
In a press communiqué issued here on Friday, HNLC Publicity Secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw said, “There will not be any difficulty for the MDA government to demand from the Centre for implementation of this law (ILP) especially when the present chief minister Conrad K Sangma is also a member of the parliament (MP).”
This statement was made in the backdrop of Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma indicating that the state government is considering the issuing of work permits to Bangladeshi nationals to work in Meghalaya.
Opining that the state government should not only be concerned about Bangladeshis, Nongtraw said that bringing the Indo Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, 1950 is also of prime importance as it allows free movement of people from Nepal in India.
He alleged that the Assam government is also using Nepalese at Langpih village in West Khasi Hills District along the inter-state border to illegally encroach into the territory of Meghalaya.
Accusing the Congress party of sheltering Bangladeshis for the past 47 years, Nongtraw said, “The walk-out staged by the Congress over the issue (of work permit to Bangladeshis) is just political eyewash.”
It may be noted here that the Congress had also staged a walk-out from the Assembly on Thursday in protest against the MDA government and demanded that the idea of issuing of work permit to Bangladeshi nationals should be immediately done away with.
Referring to the statement made by MLA from East Shillong Ampareen Lyngdoh on the floor of the House on whether there are Bangladeshi nationals in Meghalaya, Nongtraw said that he would instead ask her whether or not a “Bangladesh Colony” exist in Shillong.
He said the Bangladesh Colony located at Umpling in the city was named by Hindu refugees and it is a place given to them as rehabilitation during the Pakistan war in 1971.
“Why has the Congress when it was in power failed to deport back these Bangladeshis. These people who have been residing for many years in Meghalaya have also got their citizenship since the time of former PM Indira Gandhi,” Nongtraw said while stating that it is pointless for the Congress to worry over the issuing of work permit to Bangladeshi nationals now.