MHA guidelines to follow in talks with HNLC: Conrad

Shillong, Feb 9: Chief Minister Conrad  Sangma has said Meghalaya government is ready to talk with HNLC with the guidelines by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Conrad refused to comment on an alleged statement made by the HNLC leader.


The chief minister said the government is requesting the outfit to reconsider its decision and come to the negotiating table.

“I don’t think I would be able to comment without seeing the official writing. But I reiterate that we are open and we would ask them to reconsider this time, we also want long-term peace and so that we would reiterate that they should come to the talks again but as I said regarding their talks or that invitation or whatever you called it I have not seen anything in writing,” he said.

The CM said the government had repeated that there are certain provisions and guidelines which the MHA has prescribed which is being followed for all organizations with which the government of India is in talks with.

“So it will be followed on the basis of those guidelines, we cannot deviate from that because that is what is being prescribed for all the talks and hence if they start changing that for one or two organisations, then they have to change it for all. So within the prescribed norms of MHA we are ready to talk,” he said.

The HNLC had pulled out of the tripartite peace talks in protest against the government’s failure to address the five core demands which include providing amnesty to the leaders and cadres of the outfit.

Conrad said that there have been decisions taken in the past regarding dropping of cases.

“But as I said whether it will be done in the future or not depends on case to case basis but if you don’t start the process then we will never reach that point,” he said.

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