Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Monday reiterates his commitment to serve the people till his last breath. Even as he appealed to the banned HNLC to show its seriousness about peace talks.
Reacting to the recent threat issued by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), Tynsong said, “I personally feel as a responsible citizen of the state, I should not take any special cognizance on that because I think those people who threaten me I don’t know for what and what is the reason or whether is it just for the sake of threatening that also we don’t know. But what I am saying is I am elected by the people of Pynursla constituency, I am here because of the mandate of the people of the state as a whole. As deputy CM, my commitment is to make sure that I serve with sincerity and I will serve the state till the last breath of my life.”
In its statement issued on December 24 last year, the HNLC had threatened to target the family members of Tynsong and Home Minister Lahkmen Rymbui if the government continues to arrest ‘innocent youths’.
The outfit had alleged that many innocent youths have been arrested by the police department just because they were not able to arrest its cadres.
On the allegation that the MDA government is running a cartel to facilitate illegal mining and transportation of coal, Tynsong reiterated that he is ready to step down as deputy chief minister if the outfit can prove its allegation.
“I have already clarified everything but let me reiterate if the allegation is substantiated I am ready to resign even at this moment from the post of deputy CM,” he said.
Meanwhile, the deputy chief minister also appealed to the HNLC to show its seriousness about peace talks.
“My only appeal to them is this from the state government, we welcome discussion, we welcome dialogue but that does not end only within the authority of the state government it has to be from the central government because banning of the HNLC was not done by the state government but by the central government. Otherwise, if it is within our jurisdiction and power, I think by this time negotiation or dialogue or discussion would have started,” he said.
“Therefore, show that you are serious so that the central government will facilitate peace talks,” Tynsong said while informing that the state government had already submitted its report to the central government in this regard.