Former Mizoram Chief Minister and State Congress President Lal Thanhawla came down heavily on the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) Government led by Chief Minister Zoramthanga for allegedly causing intermittent dissension in three autonomous district councils (ADC) in the State.
Speaking on the recently concluded Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) polls, in which the MNF secured a clear majority, Congress veteran Lal Thanhawla accused the MNF Government in Mizoram of was causing dissension in the State’s ADCs.
He alleged that the MNF was keen on causing trouble and defection in the Council Governments.
“No matter which party forms Government in the ADCs, they will be left undisturbed as long as the MNF is in power in the State,” Lal Thanhawla said.
He said that he did not bother with the outcome of the recent LADC polls and did not feel let down by the results as the “ruling MNF is sure to create disturbance and dissension”.
“No Government led by any party, other than the MNF in the ADCs have ever functioned smoothly during the previous two regimes of the MNF in the State. It is keen on creating political turmoil and dissension. This is the nature of the MNF,” the 78-year-old Congress veteran said.
He also alleged that the MNF Government was keen on renaming projects and infrastructure or assets established by previous Congress Governments as “it has an ‘anti-Congress’ agenda”.
Notably, in the election to the 25- member LADC held on December 4, the MNF had secured 20 seats, while Congress and BJP bagged one seat each.
Three independent candidates were also elected to the LADC.
The LADC polls were the first ADC polls in the State where the MNF secured a thumping victory.
Lal Thanhawla said that his party will contest the by-polls to the Serchhip seat, which is yet to be announced.
“We have already proposed a candidate for the by-polls to the Serchhip Assembly Constituency, but it is yet to be named. We will win the by-polls,” former Chief Minister lal Thanhawla said.
It may be mentioned that Serchhip Assembly Constituency is the home turf of Lal Thanhawla, who lost to independent candidate Lalduhoma in the last Assembly elections held in November, 2018.
By-polls to Serchhip seat is due following disqualification of Lalduhoma as an MLA.
On October 27, Mizoram Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo disqualified Lalduhoma following complaints filed by 12 ruling MNF legislators alleging violation of the Anti-Defection law.
Lalduhoma, who won as an independent candidate had ‘defected’ to the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM).
Interestingly, Lalduhoma also happens to be the first Lok Sabha member in the country to have been disqualified under the Anti-Defection law.