The Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday assured a delegation of the state Cabinet led by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma that the Centre would examine the demand for implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya.
Hill State Peoples Democratic Party Legislator and cabinet Minister in MDA Government, Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar after meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, “There was no assurance, he just keep listening, ofcourse the ILP you know we have passed a resolution, it is not a new thing, everybody we are on the same page, but he didn’t give any assurance.”
Although, C&RD Minister and People’s Democratic Front leader Hamletson Dohling after the meeting, which lasted for about 15-20 minutes told Reporters, “He (Shah) gave a patient hearing when I raised this issue. He said that he would look into it and that he will let us know (about the decision of the Centre).”
Asked, the PDF leader said it was not a question of being satisfied or not.
“I am satisfied that I was given a chance to raise this issue with the Government of India.
We hope the government of India will respond to the demand for the interest of the state of Meghalaya,” he said.
Stating that the ILP demand has been long pending aspiration of the tribal people, the minister said that he had also informed the Union Home Minister that none of the union governments in the past had given us the chance to raise the issue upto the national level.
“This is the only government which has given us this chance to raise the issue of ILP with Government of India,” he said adding “We have already expressed on why we need ILP but we do hope that the home minister will respond in a very positive way.”
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma who was there with Union Home Minister Amit Shah when the Cabinet Ministers and later the Pro ILP groups raised the issue of Implementation of ILP refuse to speak to Media