Meghalaya: Dy CM trains guns at LO over HNLC surrender’s probe demand

Meghalaya: Dy CM trains guns at LO over HNLC surrender’s probe demand

Shillong | Oct 29, 2018: 

Taking a dig at Leader of Opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Monday said that he (Dr Mukul) had never wanted the banned outfit- Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to come overground.

Stating the former HNLC general secretary, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew had revealed that he had personally spoken to the former Home Minister, Roshan Warjri on the keenness of the outfit to come overground, Tynsong said that the Leader of Opposition had said "No"  when the former Home Minister told him about the offer of the HNLC.

"Now it is clear that he (Dr Mukul) never wanted the HNLC to come over ground," the Deputy Chief Minister alleged.

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He also observed that it could be because of his (Mukul) ego problem which prompted the Leader of Opposition to reject the offer of the HNLC.

"May be he (Dr Mukul) did not like the fact that the HNLC had spoken to his Home Minister," Deputy Chief Minister told reporters here today.

He said that the peace negotiations with the HNLC would have happened during the previous regime if Dr Mukul was in favour of it.

Lambasting the former Chief Minister for trying to link him with the banned outfit, he said that his integrity and dignity prove that he had never had any kind of link with any organisation.

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"Because of his failure, now he has come with the allegations that I am having connection with the banned militant outfit," Tynsong said.

Earlier on Sunday, Leader of Opposition had asked the ruling National People's Party government and investigating agencies to probe on the surrender of the most wanted Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) leader,  Cheristarfield Thangkhiew before Deputy Chief Minister recently.

"Who has authorised to talk to them (HNLC); it has to be investigated whether it was a politician who has been talking to them all these years and whether they have become a facilitator. The law is very clear and nobody has the luxury of having that freedom to talk to any member of the banned outfit. The government and the investigating authorities should find out and we (opposition Congress) will press for that," Sangma told journalists.

"We have to find out also whether Tynsong (Deputy Chief Minister) was earlier talking regularly to the HNLC.  Whether he was in talk with this guy ( HNLC general Secretary) the whole year. May be they have used him during the last election. We should find out ," he added.

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