Mizoram Elections: Conflict in Congress impacts its poll campaign

Congress, who has been in power in Mizoram since two consecutive terms, is facing a tough challenge from its opposition party Mizo National Front. According to reports, the ruling party is going through anti-incumbency wave along with internal clashes in the party.

The chief minister of the state Lal Thanhawla has himself alleged corruption charges on his own party members. He revealed on Saturday that his colleagues R Lalzirliana and Lalrinliana Sailo were “corrupt” when they were ministers.

Mr Lalzirliana, was expelled from the party on September 17 before which he was served a show cause notice by the Congress’ Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC). He was the state home minister and had submitted his resignation on September 14 after SCN was set to him.

Recently the resignation of former minister Lalrinliana Sailo has also proven to be a setback for the Congress.

The sources from Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has said that although only a few people have left the party, dents have begun to appear among the party members.

“The mood within the party is clear from the fact that its nomination committee has failed to make any decision till the announcement of poll date on Saturday, while the MNF has already made public the list of candidates for at least 98 per cent of the seats,” they said.

Lashing out at Aizawl Football Club president Robert Romawia Royte, popularly known as ‘triple R’, the CM said that proceedings would be initiated against him regarding allegations of over Rs. 200 crore fraud while he was in government service. Mr. Robert has recently left the party and has joined MNF.  He will be contesting the Assembly poll from Aizawl East-II seat against state Finance Minister Lalsawta.

Reacting to the ongoing turbulence in the Congress party, MNF vice-president R Lalthangliana has claimed that many Congress workers would soon leave the “sinking ship” led by Thanhawla. He also claimed that the Congress workers would soon join MNF.

The Congress is ruling the state since 2008 by bagging 32 seats and again in 2013 by winning 34 seats in the 40-member Assembly. It is slated to go to pols on November 28.

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