Aizawl: Mizoram’s lone Lok Sabha member and state Congress vice-president CL Ruala on Thursday announced that he would retire from active politics after his term as MP is over.
“I have become too old to play active politics. But I will remain as Congress vice president if party leaders allow me to do so,” the 83 year-old veteran Congress leader told a news conference here.
CL Ruala, who has been elected as member of Lok Sabha for two consecutive terms since 2009, thanked the people of Mizoram for their love and electing him as MP for ten years.
He claimed that he tried his level best for the development of the state during his stint as an MP. He said that he was declared as one of the three best performing MPs in the country.
Expressing concern about the alleged growing suppression of minorities in the country, the Congress leader alleged that the Christian and Muslim religion are the main target of the BJP because of their foreign origin. He further alleged that the parliament is currently divided into two camps- secular and communal.
While the Congress and its allies are the secular group, the BJP led NDA is communal group, he alleged.
Hitting out at BJP, Ruala said the centre introduced the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to divide the people on religious line. The leader also slammed the Mizo National Front (MNF), the ruling party in Mizoram for being part of NEDA.
He said that the MNF nominee C. Lalrosanga, even if he claimed to oppose the CAB, would not dare to speak against it in parliament, if he happened to sit there. He urged the people to vote for ZPM-Congress combine nominee Lalnghinglova Hmar for development and safety of the Mizo people.
A St Edmund’s College graduate, Ruala became a successful politician since he was nominated to the Mizo District Council (when Mizoram was under Assam) in 1970.
After Mizoram became a Union Territory in 1972 he was elected to member of the state assembly and became a cabinet minister during 1984-1987. He won the next assembly election in 1989 and 1993 and was a minister in Lal Thanhawla’s cabinet for two terms. He was elected as member of Lok Sabha from Mizoram for two times in 2009 and 2014.