Aizawl, Sept 10: The main opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) on Thursday slammed the ruling Congress government as finding opportunity to delay or cancel VC polls to 31 villages in northern Mizoram even after a boycott called by HPC (D) militant at the time of VC lection in six districts of Mizoram was lifted by the group on July 7 this year. The opposition also appealed to the government to conduct election to 31 Village Councils at the earliest.
MNF in a statement said that at the time VC election was held on 30 April this year in six districts of the state, the government had cancelled VC polls to 31 villages in Kolasib and Aizawl districts in northern Mizoram after a boycott was called by the Hmar militant. The reason for cancellation as claimed by officials of District Election was an intimidation and threatening from HPC (D) militant to create disturbances in the areas, MNF said.
After its boycott called on election to 31 villages councils in northern Mizoram, said MNF, the militant had lifted the ban on candidates to file nomination in its release on 7 July, 2015 suggesting to create no further disturbances in the event of VC election. Despite this call off, the government sent notice to Both Level Officer of each respective village councils to form a joint meeting which would include Congress led “Advisory Board” (set up in place of VC) as a member to inspect and verify the situation in 31 villages if conducive to holding of election and hence submit report to the government. Looking at the government move, it is seemingly that the government was not courage enough to take responsibility over 31 villages and instead trying to make people take responsibility in the event of disturbances, MNF said, adding that there is no reliable government which will represent the people.
Alleging Congress government of finding opportunity to delay or cancel election to 31 villages, MNF said that the government ‘s decision to take opinion from the general public concerning ‘feasibility of the situation’ despite the call off by the HPC (D) militant was in fact a fool to the people. “There is no concrete reasons which would prevent the government from conducting the polls”, MNF said in a statement.
MNF also alleged that the government is finding opportunity to retain power in the hands of Advisory Board which was formed exclusively by Congress members to function as Village council. “The respective advisory boards since composed of ruling members are likely to state their area as ‘not peaceful’ when submitting a report to the government”, MNF said.
While mentioning that no village had been excluded from VC election during unrest or imposition of emergency (curfew) in the state, MNF strongly urged the government to immediately conduct VC polls to 31 villages under peaceful environment.