Aizawl, Aug 18: Mizoram Health Minister Lal Thanzara on Tuesday submitted his resignation from the cabinet, and quit as a legislator over recent media reports and opposition charge that alleged him of holding ‘office of profit’.
Lal Thanzara who is a minister with independent charge over three portfolios announced his decision at a public meeting of the ruling Congress workers, at the Congress Bhavan informing that he submitted his resignation letter to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, Council of Ministers and Assembly Speaker Hiphei. He however, claimed his innocence against the allegation.
Lal Thanhzara holds Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Health & Family Welfare, Minor Irrigation, Public Relations & Information and Information & Communication Technology. He also assist the Chief Minister in PWD & P&E Department.
Announcing his resignation, Lal Thanzara said that he decided to step down from the cabinet as well as quit as a legislator because the charges against him, though baseless and false, may cause embarrassment to his personal dignity and the party. “Although I have clarified my stand over the issue contrary to what has been alleged, I feel that the situation has become somewhat untenable in order to preserve my morals and dignity as well as that of the Congress party, and I am convinced that I must leave the post of Minister of State”, Lal Thanzara stated in his resignation letter.
Lal Thanhzara who is the younger brother of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, had earlier on 14 August denied the allegation of his holding 21.6% share in Sunshine Overseas Company leveled by MNF youth wing based on the recent Scroll investigation report saying he did not receive even a single rupee from the firm.
Meanwhile, opposition MNF youth wing President K. Vanlalvena accused the Health minister of giving undue favour to the said company by awarding crores of rupees worth contract, as he was holding a plethora of shares in the construction company.
Speaking to media in a press conference today, K. Vanlalvena said that based on the official document and report submitted by Sunshine Overseas Company to Ministry of Company Affairs, Govt. of India, it has been verified that Lal Thanzara has a substantial share in the firm.
“A report on 11 March, 2010 shows that 21.6 % shares of Sunshine Overseas which has its registered office in Delhi was allotted to Lal Thanzara on 31 March, 2009 in two tranches of Rs.246,000 and Rs.230,000 shares accounting to 4,76,000 shares”, K. Vanlalvena said, adding that the document also listed two addresses for him A/15 Zarkawt, Aizawl and T-20, Dr. Thanpuii Building, Tuikhuahtlang.
“The total value per share was Rs. 50,” Mr. Vanlalvena said, adding that it was a clear case of corruption and the chief minister must have knowledge about it.
He said the MNF would pursue the matter further, if Lal Thanzara’s resignation was not accepted by his elder brother.