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SHILLONG | Dec 09:

The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) today said that the union has decided to implement its own laws to fight against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.

“We cannot disclose on the laws which we are planning to implement. People will know when we start implementing our own laws. I can only say that these laws of the union will deal with the problem of illegal immigrants and influx in the State,” KSU president, Lambokstar Marngar told reporters after the meeting of the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the current body here today.

He further said that the union will direct its 700 plus units across Khasi-Jaintia region to implement these laws in order to check the entry of people from outside. “We would like to send a strong message that we have our own laws to fight with the CAB,” Marngar said. According to him, the KSU is ready to face any consequences while implementing these laws.

Meanwhile, he said that the union is not satisfied with stand taken by the NPP led MDA Government to oppose the CAB. “We would like the Government to act rather than to verbally opposing the contentious bill,” KSU president said.

Asserting that it is high time for the State Government to take a firm stand on the issue of influx, he said that if the Government continues to sleep over the issue then the union is left with no option but to deal with the menace of illegal immigration itself. “If the youths take laws into their own hands then who is to be blamed?,” KSU president questioned.

According to him, the people will not experience or witness the negative impact of the CAB in five years time. “But after 10 years we will start experiencing negative effects of the legislation by the BJP led NDA Government,” KSU president said.

“The State Government is fully aware that the BJP led Government at the Centre would go ahead in passing the CAB. The State Government should take pro-active steps to come up with legislation to tackle with the problem of influx and illegal immigration into the State. But the Government is yet to show any seriousness in coming up with strong laws to deal with this problem,” he said.

Echoing similar views, KSU general secretary, Donald V Thabah said that the State is yet to put in place a strong legislation to deal with this problem. “We are yet to have a legislation to deal with the CAB or the problem of illegal immigration since 1971,” Thabah.

When asked on the assurance of the Centre that the scheduled areas in the State will be exempted from the CAB, KSU president said that the assurance of the BJP led Government was only to mislead the people.

“We have the district councils since 1952. By why we are still raising our voice on the issue of influx. We cannot digest the assurance of the Government,” Marngar said.

According to the KSU general secretary, the district councils are not an institution to deal with the issue of influx. “It is an institution created to promote the traditional culture and practices of the indigenous community of the State. It is misleading to say that the district councils will have to address the issue of influx,” KSU general secretary said.

Meanwhile, Marngar said that the KSU welcome the move of the State Government to strengthen the Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security Act, 2016. “Even though the Act was passed in 2016, nothing has moved ahead. This only reflects the lack of seriousness on the part of the Government,” he said.

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