Aizawl, Nov 24: Main opposition the Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga said that the MNF’s crushing defeat in bypoll would not affect the coming election to Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC).
He said that AMC and LADC elections are not like bye-election where the ruling party is expected to sweep victory.
“For example in the last Lak Sabha election and bypoll held simultaneously in Hrangturzo constituency in 2013, while opposition joint candidate Lalduhoma was defeated by his rival Congress candidate Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu by strong margin 2490 votes in the bypoll, in the same constituency, same number of voters and same polling stations Congress candidate CL Ruala scored only 3 more votes than opposition (UDF) joint candidate Robert Romawia Royte in the last Mizoram’s lone Lok Sabha seat contest”, he said, adding that the humiliating defeat in bypoll would not affect the coming elections. Speaking about their defeat in the bypoll, Zorama during a press meet today said that the political advantage between Congress candidate Lal Thanzara and K. Vanlalvena of MNF were too wide and large. He said that MNF candidate K. Vanlalvena was a novice who has bravely came out to contest with the ruling candidate.
Zorama said that the wide gap in financial power between Lal Thanzara and K. Vena was another reason behind the defeat of the latter.
He added that Congress being a ruling party that has 33 legislators was too big to be defeated by a novice politician like K. Vena. He however lauded the MNYF president for showing bravery by contesting the bypoll. Zorama thanked all the voters who supported K. Vena by casting their valuable vote in favour of him.
Blaming the voters for not executing their duty as a citizen, he said that the percentage of total vote turn-out in the bypoll to Aizawl North- III was very less as compared to other elections in the same constituency in previous years. “People were perhaps not interest to cast their votes knowing the ruling party would surely be re-elected,” he said, adding that of the 112 ballot paper arranged for services, none of them casted their votes which indicated that people were not interested.
Replying to media on the question of probe against Lal Thanzara, Zorama said they will pursue the case and bring the tainted Congress candidate who has been re-elected in the bypoll to justice.
He further reiterated that Congress, a party that sold liquor against the will of churches and public must be brought down in the coming AMC and LADC polls.
“If MNF was voted to power in the next assembly election, they will first take the consent of churches and the people on liquor issue and hence abolished MLPC if necessary,” Zorama said during a press meet. MNF sitting legislator Lalruatkima who accompanied Zorama in a press meet also slammed Congress for selling liquor in the state against the consent of churches and the people.
While citing that many suffered due to selling of liquor under Congress government, Ruatkima alleged that the expense of the state government incurred in selling liquor was greater than the revenue received from it.
Reacting to the clarification that the RTI report received by MNF were inadequate, Ruatkima also hit out at Congress saying it was the only party that he ever known to refused to accept its document.