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Affidavit row: Opposition activists intercept Lal Thanhawla’s convoy

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Affidavit row: Opposition activists intercept Lal Thanhawla’s convoy

Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Agitated by the alleged ‘false affidavit’ submitted by Congress president and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla before the 2013 Assembly election, hundreds of youth activists belonging to Mizo National Youth Front (MNYF) – the youth wing of main opposition the Mizo National Front (MNF) – today stopped his convoy as he was heading towards the Assembly to attend the winter session.

The youth activists were of the view that the chief minister was “not fit to attend” the Assembly session for “concealing information” about him owning land in Kolkata in his affidavit.

Tension prevailed as the youth activist assembled near the Chief Minister’s bungalow and tried to block him from attending the first day of a three-day long winter session today. There ensued a strong tussle between the police and MNF party workers mostly youths in which several people including police personnel sustained minor injuries.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla convoy was blocked by MNF youth activists in Aizawl. Screengrab from bystander video/social media

After a long tussle, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who is also the leader of the house, managed to proceed to the Assembly under police escort.

MNF youth wing said the chief minister does not deserved to participate in the session.

Meanwhile, media cell of the ruling Congress strongly slammed the MNYF for forcefully intercepting the chief minister.

A statement issued by the media cell said that the action of MNYF in using violence shows “disrespect to the legislature as well the people of Mizoram”.

The controversial plot came to surface after a Central public servant shared on Facebook a story about “Lal Thanhawla’s plot” at the Salt Lake in Kolkata.

Earlier on Saturday last, Zoram Nationalist Party  (ZNP) youth wing president Lalmuanpuia Punte also told a press conference that the Chief Minister owned a plot of land in Kolkata where he is constructing a building and demanded his resignation for concealing information in his 2013 Assembly election affidavit.

“The chief minister, while filing nominations on November 8, 2013, failed to give information about owning a plot of land in Kolkata, which contravened section 125 A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951,” Punte said.

Punte said that the Chief Minister should resign before the Election Commission of India (ECI) disqualifies him.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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