HNLC: Politics in Meghalaya is a circus

SHILLONG, Mar 9: The proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), on Friday said that the coalition government in Meghalaya led by the National People’s Party (NPP) was stitched only for a “common interest” and not because of any “common ideology”.

“We can clearly see that the working together of the regional parties with the BJP and NPP is not because of any common ideology but only for common interests,” HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw said.

“That is why politics in Meghalaya is like a circus where the politicians are clowns and in a few months this government may collapse,” Nongtraw added.

On the issue of talks with militant outfits of the state, the HNLC said that it was amusing to read the statement of Meghalaya Home Minister, James Sangma that talks should be “unconditional” but at the same time the government says that the militants should lay down arms first and then there should be negotiations.

“This shows that the principles that they stand on is not clear. It means that you have your rights only under the conditions laid by them. But an individual or a group cannot take an independent decision on our own,” the HNLC said.

Nongtraw said that this is not the means to call for peace and “peace with conditions is not real peace,” the HNLC publicity secretary said in a statement on Friday.

The HNLC also said that long lasting peace is not in the hands of a politician but it depends on the voice and shoulders of the citizens who are longing for peace to return.

The HNLC also reiterated its readiness for talks with the new Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government without any conditions.

“We want to do away with the 70 years age-old problems of the state and therefore we are ready for talks and the government should do it without setting any conditions, within the ambit of the Constitution of India or outside the Constitution as per requirements,” Nongtraw in the statement said.