SHILLONG, Jan 29: Putting his differences with the party leadership out in the open, NPP MDC and KHADC chief Hispreaching Son Shylla on Tuesday said Meghalaya does not need a chief minister who is only a good ‘English speaker’. He said the state needs Inner Line Permit (ILP) to prevent infiltration and protect its people, which the NPP – led MDA government will not implement.
“The chief minister only knows how to speak good English but he doesn’t understand the law. But the fact is that the state does not need good English (speaking CM) but it needs ILP,” he told reporters here.
Referring to chief minister Conrad Sangma calling ILP a 100-year-old law, Shylla alleged that these are just excuses but the fact is that the BJP does not want such a law to be implemented in the state.
“It is the BJP that is preventing this government from implementing the ILP and the NPP and UDP does not dare to say anything about it. Therefore to say that they are against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is just an eye wash,” he said.
Even as he did not clear the picture if he was going to resign from the party, he said that will depend on the time factor even as he suggested that the NPP should be renamed as a ‘No Principle (Policy) Party’.
MDA giving lip service on CAB
Shylla said the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government’s (MDA) decision to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to be only a “lip service”. He said if the government was really serious about the CAB, then it should implement the Inner Line Permit system in the state.
“We have totally lost faith in the MDA government as its opposition against the citizenship bill is just a lip service. I have told the chief minister Conrad K Sangma that you don’t need to go to Delhi, just provide us ILP,” Shylla said.
He even went on to state that if the government fails to implement ILP before the upcoming district council polls, people should reject the ruling party and its main ally the UDP.
Shylla, a sitting NPP MDC from Nongkrem, said, “It will be meaningless to vote for such parties because their objective of winning elections is just for the sake to get employment.”
KHADC passed bill to implement ILP
The KHADC under Shylla’s leadership had last year passed the KHAD (Inner Line as adapted from the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873) Regulation Bill, 2018 to check influx and illegal immigrant in the Khasi Hills region.
The Bill however is still pending for assent with the Governor.