Shillong, July 26: The Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) youth wing criticised the state government for its “hypocrisy” on the border dispute with Assam and called Chief Minister Conrad Sangma a “puppet” in the hands of the NDA government at the Centre.
KHNAM’s condemnation follows the tension along Assam-Meghalaya border in Ri Bhoi on Monday morning. The youth wing of the political party also censured the Assam police for manhandling an elected member of Meghalaya.
The Assam police allegedly pushed Mawhati MDC Charles Marngar when he visited Iongkhuli village in the district after a clash broke out between the locals and residents on the Assam side of the border.
“(We) condemn the manhandling of an elected representative by the Assam police,” president of the KHNAM state youth wing Glenbirth Khongwir said in a statement.
The clash took place within 72 hours of the meeting between the chief ministers of the two states. “… the incident clearly shows the hypocrisy of both the CMs,” Khongwir said, adding that Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was a puppet of the NDA regime.
The youth wing president informed that the party has decided to keep a vigilant eye on border incursions by Assam. He urged the public to stand together in defending the territorial integrity of the “Hynniewtrep land”.
Khongwir said the tribal identity is linked to land and forfeiting even one inch of it would be equal to “forfeiting our unique identity and history”.
“Therefore, the youth wing is disturbed by the step-motherly treatment meted towards Meghalaya by the Government of India and (it) demands the speedy implementation of ILP, inclusion of Khasi language in the 8th Schedule and also to solve the border issue without compromising one inch of Meghalaya’s land and also to take action against the Assam police involved in manhandling the elected representative, Charles Marngar,” he said.
The KHNAM youth wing also questioned the motive behind Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state.
Khongwir said Shah’s visit brought “anger, nuisance and humiliation to the people of the state”.
Pointing that the repeated demands for inner line permit and inclusion of the Khasi language in the 8th Schedule were overlooked by the central minister, Khongwir said, “His (Shah) visit clearly shows that he only wants to expand the political interest of the party and its hidden and ulterior motive.”