Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said that “there is no nationalism other than Indian nationalism” in an apparent reaction to the opposition Mizo National Front’s (MNF) stand on ‘Mizo nationalism’.
“As long as we are Indians living within the boundary of this country, there is no other nationalism which is greater than or can take the place of Indian nationalism. In fact, for an Indian there is no nationalism other than Indian nationalism,” Lal Thanhawla said while addressing a political session at Congress Bhavan here yesterday.
On the Chakma issue, which hit the headline since recently, Lal Thanhawla said “they (Chakmas) should be dealt with carefully as there are many Chakmas who have got Indian citizenship”.
“Instead of targeting at the entire Chakma community, it is important that we raise the issue of foreigners and illegal intruders and like the student bodies in Assam we should raise the issue of Chakma foreigners,” he said.
Reacting to the appeal made by the NGO Coordination Committee to all political parties not to field a candidate belonging to the Chakma community, he said that such moves might not be in the interests of Mizoram.
“The appeal not to field Chakma candidates would not stop them from being elected. Whether we like it or not, two Chakma candidates would be elected either as an independent candidate or through a party ticket,” he said, adding, there is a possibility of Chakma candidates becoming “kingmaker” one day if they are not treated carefully.
Lal Thanhawla also lauded all the seven parliamentary secretaries who tendered resignation on Wednesday. He however, eluded the reason for their resignation and denounced the claim that the resignation was prompted by an appeal made by some political parties and groups.
“We appoint parliamentary secretaries because we want the government to function smoothly and respectfully. And it was with the knowledge that one’s position should not be misused for arrogance and making money but for serving the Lord through the power of the people that we appointed parliamentary secretaries,” he said.
Hitting out at opposition MNF, Lal Thanhawla said that many power projects could not be commissioned in time due to corruption by the MNF government.
“MNF has the habit of receiving money on illegal ground and many power projects could not be commissioned within a stipulated time due to the corruptible nature of MNF government,” he said, adding that Mizoram face hardship due to poor roads which is the result of corruption by MNF government.