Ardent launches movement to force centre to enact stronger laws for Meghalaya

SHILLONG, Feb 6: Former Nongkrem MLA, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit, today alleged that there is some kind of understanding between the Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma and Home Minister, Amit Shah for not implementing ILP in the state.

In his address during the rally held at Student’s Field, Jaiaw, Ardent slammed the legislators from Khasi-Jaintia hills region for their failure to protest against the centre’s move to repeal the words Khasi-Jaintia from the preamble of the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1973.

“Our leaders should have protested on the centre’s move. Now that they have repealed do you think they would give in to the demands of the state government to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya,” Ardent said.

Meanwhile, the former MLA said that the state needs constitutional provisions like Article 371 so that laws made by the Centre which affects the indigenous people of the State would not apply.

According to Ardent, the State has its own religious, social practices, customary law and procedure, administration of civil or criminal justice involving decisions according to customary law and ownership and transfer of land.

He said that the State should have its own special laws which would be in accordance to the customs and practices of the indigenous people.

The former legislator also expressed concern over the fact that there is illegal transportation of coal right under the nose of the Police and the Transport department.

“Both the Home Minister and Transport Minister should be accountable to the public,” the former MLA said even as he alleged that only those in power benefits from illegal transportation of coal while the government is going around saying that the state is facing financial crunch.

He said that the revenue accrued from transportation of coal should have gone to the government’s exchequer for building infrastructures roads, schools and hospitals.

“We need a revolution to fight corruption,” Ardent said.

Meanwhile, in today’s rally the former legislator resolved to launch his movement known as ‘Iada ia Ka Ri’ (Protect The Land).

Ardent also said that he would soon convene a similar rally with the traditional chiefs of the Khasi-Jaintia hills region and as well as united all the groups fighting for implementation of ILP and exempting the state from the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

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