SHILLONG, April 14: Taking a strong stance against the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) proposal for issuing work permits to Bangladeshi nationals, the Congress party has launched a state wide protest against this proposed move which it has termed as a very serious issue.
A strong demand to the state government to immediately stop its “unacceptable” idea was also made in the form of placards displayed at the protest venue in front of the Congress Bhavan here on Saturday.
The placards read – “Protect our people, stop the proposal of Conrad Sangma to issue work permit to Bangladeshi nationals”, and “Conrad Sangma don’t take away the job opportunities of our youth”.
In the state’s capital, the demonstration was led by Congress state’s chief Celestine Lyngdoh and CLP spokesman Zenith Sangma while former Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma led the protest at Mendipathar in North Garo Hills District.
Leaders participating in the protest also shouted anti-Conrad Sangma, anti-NPP and anti-BJP slogans while condemining the idea of work permit to Bangla nationals proposed by chief minister Conrad Sangma to the Central government.
According to Congress leaders, similar protest will also be organized in the different parts of the state by party workers at the block level.
“The party strongly condemned the proposal made by the present government to issue work permit to Bangladeshi nationals as it is a very serious issue,” Congress Legislature Party (CLP) spokesman Zenith Sangma said at the sidelines of this protest.
He said the move of the government was also opposed by several NGOs in the state in view of the fact that for the past several decades, the state has been suffering from illegal immigration and infiltration.
“All of a sudden soon after MDA government took over they have given proposal to issue work permit to Bangladeshi nationals this is very much unfortunate and we strongly condemn it,” Zenith added.
The former minister vowed that the Congress party will ensure that the present state government is not allowed to adopt this idea that will have far reaching ramification to the state and its people.
He also said rather than creating job for Bangladeshis, the state government should instead come up with measures to create job opportunity for youths within state.
“Youth are running from pillar to post in search of employment and we are not in a position to create avenues for the youth for their employment so rather than inviting foreign nationals to come and work here we can create avenues for youths for employment within our own states,” he said.