SHILLONG: In a significant development within the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), the vice chairman of the proscribed militant outfit tendered his resignation on Thursday.
In an official announcement made by HNLC general secretary and publicity secretary, Sainkupar Nongtraw, it was revealed that Teimiki Laloo has been nominated by the outfit’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) to take over as the vice chairman, for a tenure of six months, effective from September 28.
“Manbhalang Jyrwa’s resignation has been accepted based on humanitarian considerations. However, we firmly believe that this change in leadership will not undermine the strength, values, or ethos of the HNLC,” Nongtraw was quoted as saying by the local press.
Asserting that the principles of HNLC remain unwavering and inviolable, irrespective of leadership changes, Nongtraw expressed hope that the Hynniewtrep community would continue to respect Jyrwa, treating him with the dignity befitting a fellow human being.
At a time when tripartite peace talks between HNLC, Meghalaya government and Centre are on, the development gains significance. Addressing concerns surrounding the impact of this resignation on the peace talks, Nongtraw assured that the newly appointed Vice Chairman, Laloo, would now helm the peace process delegation.
“We sincerely hope that the government will not use Jyrwa’s resignation for any ulterior motives, but rather prioritise the peace process,” remarked Nongtraw, adding that the proscribed militant outfit’s CEC has reiterated its unwavering commitment to the organisation’s fundamental principles and ethos.
The general secretary further added that despite changes in leadership positions, the HNLC remains steadfast in its mission and objectives, urging the community and the government alike to focus on peace and unity.
Earlier on August 3, the proscribed militant outfit had appointed Jyrwa along with its political secretary Aristerwell Thongni, and foreign secretary Phrangkupar Diengdoh including two of their personal security officers to participate in the peace talks.