The Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) has decided to move the Supreme Court if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre forcefully implements the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
“We will file a case in the Supreme Court requesting it to do away with CAB,” CoMSO leader Robertjune Kharjahrin told reporters, after a meeting held in Shillong on Saturday.
Reposing faith on the apex court to protect the tribal rights he said, “The Supreme Court stands for justice while political parties stand for vote bank politics and political interest and sometimes forget the minority interest.”
Pointing out that the state has areas like the Cantonment Board, European ward, Revenue lands, and RR Colony, which do not fall under the Sixth Schedule, Kharjahrin said it will give rise to anarchy. “The Centre’s claim to exempt Meghalaya is fake, and we totally reject this partial exemption,” he added.
Stating that the organisation rejects the CAB 2019 just like the CAB 2016 and the idea of CAB as a whole, he further urged all political parties, NGOs and the public at large to join hands to oppose it.
Kharjahrin further said that the organisation will continue to demand implementation of the Inner Line Permit to regulate influx in the state.
The CoMSO has also offered its support to the North East Student’s Organisation (NESO) in its protest against the CAB.
Meanwhile, the organisation has decided to hold a protest demonstration from Monday against the delay of the governor to give his assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
Kharjahrin continued, “The governor is giving excuses that he is examining the ordinance. It’s a one-page ordinance and holding on to it is unacceptable,” adding, “He (governor) should respect the sentiments of the people.”