‘If they (HNLC) do have allegations with documents, I am ready even to step down’: Prestone.


Following the allegation of the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) accusing the ruling NPP-led MDA government of running a cartel to facilitate illegal coal mining in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong while reacting strongly said he is ready to step down from the cabinet if the banned HNLC has documentary evidence on the allegations made by it against the MDA government. 

 At the same time, Tynsong also asked the HNLC to officially communicate to both the Centre and state governments if it is really serious about peace talks.

 Reacting to the outfit’s allegation, Tynsong said, “If they (HNLC) do have allegations with documents, I am ready even to step down. Up to that extent, I am ready to step down.”

 “Allegation is allegation as I said to you, don’t talk irresponsibly as we are all human beings, if you talk this kind of things without any documents…I think we need to refrain ourselves from such statements,” he added.

 It may be mentioned here that the HNLC general secretary cum publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw had in a statement issued recently alleged that the issue of illegal coal mining is no secret and it has flourished in the state after the ban on rat-hole mining through the nexus of coal mine owners, the MDA bigwigs, bureaucracy level, and the state police.

 Alleging that it is an open secret that a cartel is being run by the NPP-led MDA government, Nongtraw had said the cartel is maintained by a few surrendered cadres and an ex-police SOT namely Joey along with the high ranking police officials.

 “NPP leader from Jaintia hills Nidamon chullet and Kynsai War are not new names into this cartel. The surrendered cadres share is Rs 1000 per truck and Rs 5000 per truck is the share of the CM and deputy CM and the home minister,” he had further alleged.