AIZAWL: Ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) adviser and rural development minister Lalruatkima on Friday said that his party fulfilled promises made in its election manifesto, including renovation of dilapidated roads across the state, in just two and a half years.

The leader’s remarks came when the people of Chawngte in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district staged a strike to protest against the poor condition of the road connecting their town.

Addressing a campaign kickoff program for the upcoming Tuirial bypoll at Thingdawl town, Lalruatkima claimed that the MNF fulfilled many of its promises made in the manifesto before the last assembly polls.

“We have imposed a total ban on alcohol soon after we formed government, altered school timing, increased the old-age pension by double and repaired road conditions across the state,” he said. He claimed that the government also resumed the provision of sugar to BPL families through the public distribution system and solved the cooking gas crisis.

Citing that development has many things: from having a legislator from the ruling party, he appealed to people to vote for the MNF nominee in the upcoming bypoll to the Tuirial seat, which is due on October 30. Lalruatkima also said that the state government, local volunteers and churches have collectively combat the Covid-19 pandemic, which greatly affected the state.

Meanwhile, people of Change under the aegis of a road monitoring committee on Friday organised a strike on government offices, commercial banks and other government establishments in protest against the government inaction to repair Chhumkhum – Chawngte road linking the town.

The protesters also demanded the resignation of three MLAs- Dr BD Chakma of BJP from Tuichawng constituency, C. Ngunlianchunga (Cong) from Lawngtlai West constituency and MNF legislator from Lunglei South, Dr K. Pachhunga for their indifference to the people’s plight.

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