SHILLONG, March 07: Nongkrem MLA, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit has termed the decision of the BJP led Central Government to declare December 25 as ‘Good Governance Day’ is an attempt to interfere into the beliefs and practices of Christians not only in Meghalaya but throughout the country.
In this regard, Ardent moved a motion in the Assembly on Tuesday, urging the state government to register its protest against this decision.
“I would also like to remind the Chief Minister that you are not only the leader of the Congress party but that you are also the leader of the State. Therefore, I strongly urge upon you to take up the matter with the Union government,” he said.
Terming the decision as a direct interference by the Central government into the belief and practices of Christianity, he said that this tantamount to a clear violation of the constitutional right conferred by the Indian Constitution to its citizens.
“The imposition of the central government is an outrageous act that encroaches upon the rights of the Christian community and reflects the mindset of those who are at the helm of affairs in the Country,” Basaiawmoit charged.
He also stated that this step taken by the government of the day at the centre reminds him of a history, where attempts were made to assimilate the tribal and indigenous communities completely into the mainland India.
“Going by what is happening today one can easily understand that there is a renewed attempt to assimilate us completely into the mainstream,” he added.
Stating that it is also a direct insult and a disregard towards the feeling of the Christian community, he said that the recent statement made by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi that India welcomes all Hindus, Muslims and Christians who have been persecuted in any part of the world is just “eyewash”.
“Christians are being indirectly persecuted in our own country. The mind of Christians are disturbed and vitiated, their sentiments are deeply hurt and the atmosphere changed with this directive issued by the Centre,” he said.
Supporting the motion, NPP legislator James K Sangma said that a day being celebrated the birth of Lord Jesus Christ is being twisted into something what is called good governance day.
On the other hand, Independent legislator John Leslee K Sangma appealed to the state government to take a stand and ensure that the special day is protected as the centre’s decision is absolutely wrong and is an act of oppression against Christians.
In his reply, Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma assured that the views and sentiments articulated by the members of the House on the issue will be appropriately compiled and sent to the Central government.
“We would also highlight the various initiatives taken by the state government to ensure good governance in the state, as we do not depend on others to dictate to have good governance day,” he said.
According to him, good governance has already started long ago in the state much before the NDA central government.
He was also of the opinion that the motion should have been brought in the form of a resolution adding that failure of the state government to respond by not observing the good governance day on December 25 itself is sending a strong message of disapproval.