By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, March 09, 2018:
The change of Guard and political developments in the state have become the talk of the town these couple of days with predictions being made on the stability of the government, the cracks emerging in the regional parties and the ‘maximum’ display of power by a party with minimum seats.
Similarly, the proscribed outfit — Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) seized the opportunity to assess the recent development while predicting that the new government – Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, a coalition of the various parties led by the NPP will not last even a year.
Comparing Meghalaya politics to a ‘circus’, HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said “Politics in Meghalaya can be compared to a circus where politicians are just clowns and in few months’ time, this coalition government will likely fall.”
“It is clearly visible that the understanding entered between the regional parties and the BJP and NPP is not because they have a a common ideology but it is because they have common interests; which is why this government will likely collapse in few months,” Nongtraw said.
Calling upon politicians from Khasi-Jaintia Hills who are part of the government to put the people before themselves, Nongtraw said “Their (politicians) top priority should be for the welfare of the tribals (jaidbynriew) and assist us in the fight,” even as he stated that their fight is not for development but freedom in governance.
Meanwhile, reacting to Home Minister James Sangma statement on wiping militancy, the HNLC publicity secretary said that these are the same words, same promises and same tactics adopted by Mukul Sangma when he was the CM. “But what has happened at the end of one term after the other is totally different. Instead of working towards peace and prosperity, these heads of the state tries to shed innocent blood and this is not what the people want or what we want,” he added.
Alleging the previous MUA government under Mukul Sangma of giving ‘maximum’ attention to small and newly formed outfits in Garo Hills, Nongtraw said the government was wasting its time on these so called militant outfits which have no firm ideologies and in this process, peace in Khasi-Jaintia Hills has totally been sidelined for 30 years now.
Recalling the understanding which the HNLC had with former chief minister Late Purno A Sangma way back in 2004, Nongtraw said “Sangma had invited us to rendezvous at Kolkata to pave the way for a peace talk with the government of India. But it so happened that on the same year, the central government had also invited the HNLC for talks and it was in the year 2005 when Pastor Basaiawmoit was appointed as the interlocutor . So the invitation of Purno Sangma ended just like that.”
Meanwhile, the HNLC expressed hope that the NPP, which leads the coalition government in Meghalaya and which is also a coalition partner at the centre will initiate steps to include the outfit in the ambit of peace talks, “So that we can do away with the problems faced by the Jaidbynriew for more than 70 years since the time India got its independence,” he added.
Expressing willingness to join the peace talks, Nongtraw said “We are ever ready to talk with the Government of India without any conditions. It doesn’t matter even if it falls within or outside the jurisdiction of the constitution of India.”