Ready to resign if HNLC’s allegations on corruption are proved: M’laya Dy. CM

Correspondent Shillong, Dec 23 | Publish Date: 12/23/2020 11:02:40 AM IST

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Wednesday said he is ready to resign if allegation of corruption against him could be proved as has been alleged by the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).

The proscribed militant outfit has recently alleged that money collected from illegal coal transportation is being shared by the police, bureaucrats and right upto the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and the Deputy Chief Minister.

“Please bring facts and don’t talk irresponsibly,” he asked the banned outfit.

“We are all human beings. Without any facts and documents we should refrain from making such statements. If they have any documents (to prove the allegations) I am ready to step down,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

The National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government has been accused of serious corruption allegations from the opposition Congress party besides its alliance partner the Bharatiya Janata Party, particularly revolving around the illegal coal mining and transportation in the State.

Reacting to the BJP’s allegations of corruption in the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council which was headed by the NPP and demand for a CBI inquiry, Tynsong said “I have nothing to say ...  an inquiry committee has been set up as far as allegations in the Autonomous district council are concerned.”

“It is not only BJP who is against corruption. We are also equally concerned and if they have anything they should write to the Chief Minister and if necessary we will set up two, three inquiry committees to look into the allegations,” the Deputy Chief Minister said.

On the saffron party adopting a resolution on “zero tolerance on corruption”, Tynsong said that the MDA government has already passed a similar resolution on “zero tolerance on corruption” in the last coordination committee meeting of the MDA.

Meanwhile, Tynsong asked the HNLC to send an official communication to the Government to hold peace talks.”

The HNLC wants to hold peace talks for years, but the Central Government has placed the militant organization under the banned list of outfits in India.

“They (HNLC) should not send requests to hold talks only through the media or the social media as these are not considered as official,”  Tynsong said, adding that the State Government has sent a report to the Centre to hold peace talks with the HNLC, but there has been no response.

Stating that the State Government has no role in listing an outfit as a banned organisation, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “If you (HNLC) want to hold peace talks, please come out officially… dialogue cannot be held by the State Government alone.” 

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