Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong on Thursday maintained that the appeal made by the banned outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) will not affect the National People’s Party (NPP) in the upcoming bye-elections in the state.
Speaking to reporters, Tynsong also termed the appeal as personal and said, “Maybe HNLC does not like NPP, I think that is their view that is their wish. But saying that please don’t vote I think the constitutional rights of every voter of the state, they have their own liberty to decide. So it is purely to the wisdom of each voter to vote for which party.”
The HNLC has recently asked the citizens of the state not to vote for the ruling NPP in the upcoming bye-elections as a mark of protest against the alleged killing of its former general secretary Cherishterfield Thangkhiew.
The rebels also served a one week ultimatum to the NPP for shutting down all its offices in the Khasi and Jaintia Hills region.
Bye elections to the three Assembly seats – Mawryngkneng, Mawphlang and Rajabala – will be held on October 30 while counting will be on November 2.
On opposition Congress chief Vincent H Pala allegation that there is a “clash of interest” between the ministers and an underground militant group as to who should loot more than the other, Tynsong however said that the question of clash of interest does not arise at all.
“See being a minister or being in the government our focus is for the development of the state,” he said while asserting “That is our agenda irrespective of any party, irrespective of any denomination within the MDA but the common agenda of the MDA government is to make sure developmental activities get flowing up to the last mile of Meghalaya.”