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Letter to Governor of Mizoram to Disqualify 7 Ralte MLAs Without Delay


Letter to Governor of Mizoram to Disqualify 7 Ralte MLAs Without Delay

To, His Excellency,
The Governor of Mizoram,
Aizawl, Mizoram
Date: March 5, 2018

Respected Sir,

I would like to bring to your notice a violation of Sec 5 of The Representation of The People Act, 1951 which states that “A person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly of a State unless…(a) in the case of a seat reserved…for the Scheduled Tribes of that State, he is a member of any…of those tribes, as the case may be, and is an elector for any Assembly constituency in that State.

While the state of Manipur has the Raltes listed among its officially recognized tribes (Sl No.22), the list of officially recognized tribes for the State of Mizoram does not include the Ralte tribe.

Therefore, according to Section 5 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the following Members of the Legislative Assembly cannot be qualified to represent their constituencies as they belong to the un-recognized Ralte tribe:

1) Chalrosanga Ralte, Lunglei West
2) Lalrinmawia Ralte, Hachhek
3) R.L.Pianmawia, Tuivawl
4) R.Lalzirliana, Tawi
5) R.Romawi, Aizawl North 1
6) R.Vanlalvena, Aizawl South 1
7) Zodintluanga, Thorang

As this is a clear violation of the law, I would like to hereby submit a petition for these MLA’s, and any other MLA who might be of the Ralte tribe representing a Scheduled Tribe reserved seat, to be disqualified under Article 192 of the Constitution that says, “[i]f any question arises as to whether a member of a House of the Legislature of a State has become subject to any of the disqualifications mentioned in clause (1) of Article 191, the question shall be referred for the decision of the Governor and his decision shall be final.”

I would also ask that the Governor of Mizoram exercises his constitutional authority without delay.

I can be contacted on my email or mobile phone for any clarification that may be required.

Yours sincerely,

Laltanpuia Pachuau,

Phone Number: +61 468 663 947


Lalțanpuia Pachuau, also known as Mațana, is a keen observer of Zoram politics and society. The ex-Edmundian is not shy about presenting fresh and different perspectives on current events.

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