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Former Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla also claimed that all permanent assets of the state were built during Congress rule  
Former Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla also claimed that all permanent assets of the state were built during Congress rule  |File image
MIZORAM

Mizoram facing financial issues due to mismanagement: Ex-CM

Various treasuries under the govt have been drained of money owing to which it could not release funds, except for employees’ salaries, alleges Lal Thanhawla

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Addressing a political session at Congress Bhavan recently, former Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla alleged that the current Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by CM Zoramthanga is in complete trouble due to financial mismanagement.

Lal Thanhawla alleged that various treasuries under the government have been drained of money owing to which the government could not release fund except for employees’ salaries, adding that, “The government could not pay even contract bills.”

The five-time former chief minister also claimed that all permanent assets of the state were built during the Congress rule.

He said that the ongoing construction of the railway line between Bairabi and Sairang near Aizawl and a cross-border road under the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project (KMMTTP) to connect south-east Asian countries were the by-products of his Congress government.

Lal Thanhawla said that the state's medical college and all important institutions, among others, were also built during the then Congress government.

According to Lal Thanhawla, survey and investigation to construct railway line till Kawrpuichhuah in the southern most part of the state was already completed during the Congress rule.

The Congress leader also claimed that God had helped the Congress to rule Mizoram for five terms because it has been a blessing for the people over the years. "The Congress should go ahead with its members united in one accord. We are waiting to form the next government for the sixth term," he said.

Congress treasurer Zodintluanga, who spoke on the occasion, hailed Lal Thanhawla as a charismatic leader, whose far-sighted vision brought various developments in the state.

He said that unlike Zoramthanga, Lal Thanhawla fulfilled his vision to develop the people as well as the state by successfully implementing New Land Used Policy (NLUP), Aizawl water supply scheme phase-II and Lunglei greater water supply scheme.

Lal Thanhawla said the Congress president also brought Mizoram to national limelight by promoting sports, established medical college and constructed Turial Hydro Electric Power project to make the state become self-dependent in power.