CoMSO to file petition against CAA in Supreme Court next week

SHILLONG, Jan 10: The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) on Friday said that it will file a petition challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in the Supreme Court latest by next week.

“If everything is in place we hope to file a petition in the Supreme Court by next week,” CoMSO chairperson Robertjune Kharjahrin said after a meeting held in the city.

Kharjahrin also slammed the centre for failing to take any decision on the resolution passed by the Meghalaya Assembly on December 19, last year, urging the central government to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the state even as it cautioned the state government not to ease up on their demands.

“We are surprised that the centre is yet to invite the state government for talks (on ILP). We also urge the state government not to be laid-back on the issue by thinking that their job is done by passing the resolution and saying that the ball is now in the centre’s court,” the CoMSO chairperson said.

Meanwhile, in the meeting it was also resolved to agitate against the visit of Union Ministers to the state in protest against the passing of the CAA.

“We will also protest during any official functions of Meghalaya ministers held anywhere in the state,” Kharjahrin informed.

Meanwhile, the CoMSO has also taken serious note of certain groups in the state meeting central government officials asking them not implement ILP in Meghalaya.

“We warn them to stop such activities once and for all,” the CoMSO chairperson said.

Moreover, the CoMSO has also condemned the statements of certain politicians of the state in the wake of the passing of the resolution on the ILP by the Meghalaya Assembly.

“We condemn the statements made by AL Hek, Vincent Pala and others suggesting that they were against the implementation of ILP. We cannot accept such statement at this stage,” Kharjahrin said.

The CoMSO has also termed the Meghalaya BJP as a “confused party”.

“On the one hand there are statements made by the state leadership of the party opposing the CAA but on the other hand they say that they would mobilise support in favour of the act,” the CoMSO chairperson said.