By Lamphrang Nongspung
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Wednesday informed that Governor Satya Pal Malik will be going to Delhi post-December 17 to discuss the issue of Inner Line Permit (ILP) and MRSSA (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and other central leaders.
"He (Governor) will also be taking these issues with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) at his level. At the same time, the Governor (has) also asked the State Government to parallelly follow up this matter. We are hopeful that things will move forward," Sangma told reporters outside the Raj Bhavan after meeting the governor.
When asked whether the state delegation would be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss on ILP, Chief Minister informed that they will first wait since the governor will take up the matter at his level.
"We will see how things unfold and in the meantime, we are obviously in touch with the Central Government," he added.
When asked about the issues raised by the governor on the Meghalaya Residents' Safety and Security Act (MRSSA) (Amendment) Bill, 2020, he said that this meeting is not about seeking clarification on the amendment bill.
Stating that the governor hinted that the bill is doable and possible, the chief minister said the governor, however, felt that this matter still needs to be discussed with the Centre because there were certain concerns raised earlier that this bill could not go through.
"It is a positive message he has given to me and told that he will definitely do his best to discuss with the MHA and try to move this forward," Sangma stated.