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Mukul warns against politician-rebel nexus

Shillong, Oct. 2: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today admitted to a politician-militant “nexus” in the state and warned lawmakers that they would not be spared if they turned law-breakers.

He said he had been maintaining all along that a politician-militant nexus, cutting across party lines, could not be ruled out but this needed to be “substantiated”.

“Inputs indicate a nexus between certain politicians of different political parties and militant outfits. We are working on getting more inputs to corroborate the inputs we have,” he told reporters at his residence here.

“In the event of substantive evidence emerging on the nexus, the provisions of law will prevail, irrespective of whoever he or she is. I warn politicians to refrain from riding piggyback on militants as it has dangerous ramifications for the state. When we are dealing with law- breakers, we have to deal with the same yardstick,” he warned.

Sangma’s was replying to a question on jailed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) leader Champion R. Sangma’s statement that his outfit would support the Congress in the Assembly election next year.

“The Congress does not need the support of criminals,” the chief minister said.

Champion had declared last month that he would contest the polls and that he had instructed his cadres to support the Congress.

“I am contesting the 2013 elections. I have instructed all my cadres to support the Congress party in the coming elections, except in two constituencies which I will not disclose now,” he had said. The statement had created ripples in political circles with parties alleging a strong nexus between the GNLA and the Congress.

The United Democratic Party (UDP), an ally of the Congress in the Meghalaya United Alliance (MUA) government, had also alleged such a nexus and said it would intimate the Centre about it. The National People’s Party had said Champion’s statement reflected the desperation of the Congress to come to power at any cost in 2013.