FROM A CORRESPONDENT
SHILLONG, April 22: BJP tiol President Amit Shah during his day-long visit of the state met leaders of various Christian denomitions, NGOs and non-Congress political parties.
The leaders of various Christian denomitions who met Shah expressed their concern over the attack on Christian institutions in other parts of the country.
Emerging out of the meeting with the BJP tiol President, Rev WC Khongwir of the Presbyterian Church of India (PCI) said that when the group pointed out the attack on Christians Shah said that law and order was a state subject.
The Christian leaders also expressed their concern over the observance of Good Governce day during Christmas.
“We also urged the Central government to uphold the secular fabric and plurality of the country,” PBM Basaiawmoit said.
Meanwhile, the PCI in its memorandum to the BJP tiol President urged the Prime Minister, rendra Modi to make a statement in Parliament on upholding and maintaining secular credentials and religious plurality to co-exist as usual without threat and curtailment.
The PCI also demanded that the central government should not contemplate bringing an anti-conversion law. Meanwhile, the PCI also demanded that the centre should not bring a tiol law to ban killing and export of cattle. Meanwhile, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) who also met Shah said that the people of the state are in constant fear of being overwhelmed by Bangladeshi immigrants.
According to the KSU, the entry of such foreigners into the state would socially, economically and politically result in a disastrous demographic imbalance.
The KSU urged the BJP tiol President to ensure that these illegal immigrants should not get themselves easily enrolled in electoral list of the state.
It also urged Shah to impress upon the Election Commission of India to adopt stringent measures and empower the traditiol heads to verify the antecedents of the applicants with dubious documents and include the traditiol heads of the state in the guidelines of the ECI. The KSU also urged the BJP President to impress upon the Union government to reintroduce the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation Act 1873 or Inner Line Permit through a legislation of the Parliament.
Meanwhile, the KSU also urged Shah to initiate steps to exempt Meghalaya from the Indo-Nepal Friendship Treaty 1950 to protect the indigenous people from the Nepali immigrants.