SHILLONG, Dec 19 - Several organisations here today demanded initiation of contempt proceedings against a Congress MLA from Assam for opposing implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) regime in Meghalaya. The organisations under the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organizations (CoMSO) held a demonstration, demanding implementation of the ILP system in the State and action against the Assam MLA. The CoMSO also registered a strong protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Recently, Kamalakhya Dey Purkayastha, the MLA of North Karimganj constituency in the neighbouring State, wrote a letter to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, asking him to have a rethink on implementation of the ILP regime in Meghalaya. According to the MLA, the 1873 legislation if implemented, would hinder normal movement of people from nearby States as Meghalaya is a major transit point.
CoMSO chairman and Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) president Robertjune Kharjahrin demanded that the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly should take action against the Assam MLA.
He said the decision to implement the ILP system was a unanimous resolution adopted by the 60 MLAs of the Meghalaya Assembly.
Kharjahrin added that the Assam MLA�s opposition to the collective decision of the Meghalaya MLAs is �disrespect� to the resolution passed by the Meghalaya House.
While demanding implementation of the ILP regime, the CoMSO also threatened to boycott the 2013 Assembly elections if their demands were not met.
The CoMSO includes the HYC, Hynniewtrep Achik National Movement, West Khasi Hills Students Union, Confederation of Ri-Bhoi People and Jaintia Students� Union.
These organisations also displayed banners in support of their demands during the protest. They also burnt effigies of the Prime Minister and the Assam MLA and announced that the CoMSO would take out a torch rally on December 30 to commemorate the death anniversary of U Kiang Nangbah.
Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik today left for New Delhi. He is understood to have sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss various issues of the State, particularly the demand for implementation of the ILP regime raised by various NGOs in Meghalaya.