SHILLONG, Nov 07: The Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), Hispreaching Son Shylla has appealed to the people of the region to boycott the 2019 MDC and MP elections is the state government delays in approving the Council’s ILP and Lineage Bills.
“We will urge the people to refrain from participating in the upcoming MDC and MP elections if the government fails to advice the Governor on the need to immediately grant assent to these Bills passed Council,” Shylla said here on Wednesday.
The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) had passed the KHAD (Inner Line as adapted from the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873) Regulation Bill, 2018 and KHAD (Khasi Social Custom of Lineage) (First Amendment) Bill, 2018 last month.
“It is pointless to have elections if the Government does not approve the two bills which are critical for interest of the indigenous community,” Shylla said here today.
Shylla also said that he would launch a mass campaign to urge the people to boycott the elections if the two important bills passed by the Council do not get the assent of the Governor.
Stating that the district council was created in order to protect the interest of the indigenous community, he said that the mandate of the ADCs was to legislate laws which are in the best interest of the indigenous populations.
“But sadly the Government has always adopted a policy to hold the bills passed by the Council without citing any reasons. It is for this reason that the bill passed Council continues to linger in the corridor of the Secretariat,” Shylla said.
Asserting that this dilly dally tactics of the state government will no longer be tolerated since everyone understands the importance of these two bills, he said, “We are ready to go to any extend to ensure that the two bills become an Act.”
During a meeting held with the farmers at Iewduh on Tuesday in the presence of cabinet minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, the KHADC chief had also threatened to resort to agitation that may even lead to “bloodshed” over delay in approving of the two Bills.
When asked, the KHADC CEM said that the ILP is the best option available to deal with the problem of influx.
According to him, the approval of the regulation will mean that the provisions of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873 for implementation of the ILP system will be applicable within the jurisdiction of the KHADC.