The Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya – Prestone Tynsong, noted that the state administration is unsure of how to convince the centre on the issue related to the Instrument of Accession (IOA).
“This is a subject to discuss, how to convince the central government. The matter needs further deliberation,” Tynsong stated.
Tynsong was reacting to the recent demand of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) for the Centre to honor the IOA signed with the 25 Khasi states on August 17, 1948.
Sharing his views on the issue, Tynsong said, “One of the statesman – Rev JJM Nichols Roy was part of the Constitution drafting committee. His contribution led us to attain the district council instead of Instrument of Accession (IoA).”
It is worth noting that the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) adopted a 7-point resolution on the Standstill Agreement, Instrument of Accession, Annexed Agreement, and Sixth Schedule.
“Apart from the Sixth Schedule, the Government of India should further empower the Hynniewtrep land by the introduction of Article 371 (A) & (G) as was done in the state of Nagaland and Mizoram,” informed the KSU President – Lambokstarwell Marngar.