Tura, March 15: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) today lambasted chief minister Mukul Sangma for his recent comment against the outfit in the Assembly.
Mukul had said, “One of the reasons why people join militant groups is to make easy money.” A statement issued by the GNLA sergeant, Savio Marak said, “Mukul's comment shows his autocratic stand and his lack of understanding about our cause.”
Mukul had made the statement on the floor of the Assembly on Wednesday after Meghalaya governor K.K. Paul expressed concern over increased GNLA activities in the Garo hills and parts of West Khasi hills. The outfit castigated all legislators for remaining silent on Mukul’s statement.
Savio said, “The government should focus on why insurgency is growing in the Garo hills and try to address the issue rather than trying to blame us.” Defending the GNLA and its cause, Savio said, “Our chairman Champion Sangma is learned and educated. He knows why he had to take up arms for the sake of the Garos. We are not greedy for money.”
He even said Champion is committed to resolve the problem and the lack of development in the region. “GNLA was formed with an ideology as successive governments failed to provide development. We stand by our demand for a separate state of Garoland,” he added.
GNLA has expressed its willingness to come forward for peace talks with the demand for release of its jailed chairman. The government, however, is yet to respond. Mukul had said, “The government will examine their demand before taking any decision.”