Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee members addressing the media on Saturday
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‘Ex-minister Lalzirliana playing with interests of Christians’

Ruling Congress party in Mizoram alleges massive corruption charges against the former home minister who resigned from the Lal Thanhawla cabinet in September

Aizawl: The ruling Congress party in Mizoram has alleged massive corruption charges against former state home minister R Lalzirliana and said that the latter is playing with the interests of the Christian people for personal gain.

In a huge setback to the party, Lalzirliana, who was also the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) vice-president, had resigned from the Lal Thanhawla cabinet in September.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, MPCC spokesperson Lallian Chhunga alleged that Lalzirliana was involved in misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 9.37 crore in Mizoram.

Elaborating on the allegation, the MPCC spokesperson shared with the media persons that Lalzirliana, with the help of North East Consultancy Services (NECS) owned by one Robert Romoia Royte, misused funds released by Union ministry of human resources developmentmeant for the infrastructure development of privately-aided/unaided minority institutes in Mizoram.

“First of all, there is no minority institute in Mizoram as announced by the state government. Secondly, as the then home minister, how was Lalzirliana relating it to the department of education? The money involved in the scam many not be a huge one but it relates to the wishes and aspirations of the Christian people of the state,” Lallian Chhunga alleged.

According to the allegations, the other accused in the scam is Royte. Incidentally, Royte is contesting the forthcoming election on a Mizo National Front (MNF) ticket from the Aizawl East 2 constituency.

The MPCC also alleged that after receiving the first installment, the authorities concerned have stopped the second installment to the firm as the firm has failed to submit the utilization certificate, necessary photographs and other required documents.

“The funds were misused and the education department has failed to submit the fund utilisation certificate and other related documents to the Centre. Royte has been working as a close associate of the former home minister,” the MPCC alleged. An FIR has also been filed against Royte after a school was found without any proper infrastructure.

The MPCC will keep working until the culprits are put behind bars, Chhunga added.

Meanwhile, reacting sharply MNF MLA Lalruatkima from the Aizawl West 2 constituency, has termed the allegations as baseless and politically motivated.

Terming the MPCC as a sinking ship, the MNF leader said, “R Lalrimziana is not a corrupt person. The allegations against him are nothing but political vendetta.”