Aizawl, Aug 19: A day after Minister of State Lal Thanzara tendered his resignation over the allegation of ‘office of profit’, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla was quick to accept the former’s resignation from the council of ministers and said that he (Lal Thanzara) resigned from the cabinet as well as a legislator to prove his innocence and to show that he dared to be probed transparently like a layman.
“I agreed with his purpose for resignation and have solemnly accepted his resignation from the cabinet to prove his innocence and to show that he dared to be probed transparently”, Lal Thanhawla said. In case Lal Thanzara’s resignation as MLA is accepted by the speaker, a bye-election will be held within six months after the matter was intimated to the Election Commission of India, Lal Thanhawla added.
Speaking to media in a press conference held at CM’s Bungalow today, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said holding shares in a company by a legislator or a minister was “not illegal” and was an usual practice at the central.
Reiterating that holding shares in a company by a legislator, though was not a crime, the Health Minister tendered his resignation as the allegation is likely to turn political vendetta and that the minister and his party are likely to face more criticism and attack from the opposition, Lal Thanhawla said.
“I believe that living as an ordinary person with holding no office or portfolio in the government would reveal the truth very soon. For this I felt it is necessary to resign from the cabinet as well as a legislator”, Lal Thanzara was quoted as saying by the Chief Minister.
The Governor, meanwhile, accepted Lal Thanzara’s resignation from the cabinet on the advice of the Chief Minister.
Lal Thanhawla said that his party (Congress) has warmly welcomed Lal Thanzara’s resignation to prove his innocence while there are many persons who did not want to resign from their office despite their anticipatory bail.
“I agreed with his purpose for resignation and have solemnly accept his resignation from the cabinet to prove his innocence and to show that he dared to be probed transparently”, Lal Thanhawla added.
Citing about the proprietor of HP Food Product, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that his brother Lal Thanzara had earlier transferred the ownership to his son Lalthanzauva with the help of affidavit being filed before a public notary.
He added that the HP Food Product has been supplying high protein biscuits to the Social Welfare department since 2001 as it is the only firm that is fit to supply high protein biscuits.
Chief Minister also said that as the permission for supply could not be issued by Social Welfare Minister alone, it was issued only after the recommendation made by Purchased Advisory Board was approved by ministers.
Defending Lal Thanzara, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said he must be free from corruption as he was a first class contractor and proprietor of biscuit factory having good income since many years ago.
After submitting his resignation as a minister to the Chief Minister, Lal Thanzara had also tendered his resignation as a legislator to the Asembly Speaker yesterday.
The Speaker, now in New Delhi would make the decision after returning to Aizawl on Saturday.
When asked whether another minister would be sworn in to replace Lal Thanzara, Lal Thanhawla said that it would be decided by the party leaders.