Mizoram assembly on Thursday served a show-cause notice to independent MLA and opposition leader Lalduhoma Credit: Twitter Image

Aizawl: Mizoram assembly on Thursday served a show cause notice to independent MLA and opposition leader Lalduhoma in the wake of complaints filed by ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislators seeking his disqualification from the state legislature for allegedly violating the anti-defection law.

Assembly secretary H Lalrinawma said that a show cause notice has been issued to the legislator seeking clarification as to why he should not be disqualified owing to the accusations of violating the anti-defection law.

In the current conflict between the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and chief opposition party, Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), two MLAs from the MNF have approached the speaker of the state legislative assembly asking for the disqualification of Lalduhoma for allegedly defecting to a political party, party sources said.

Earlier on Tuesday, as many as 10 MLAs of the ruling party had submitted a similar complaint to the speaker, Lalrinliana Sailo seeking removal of Lalduhoma from the state legislature on grounds of violation of the Anti-Defection Law.

MNF vice-president Vanlalzawma said that two of their MLAs submitted complaints against Lalduhoma on Thursday.

Lalduhoma had won the election from the Serchhip assembly seat where he contested as an independent candidate in the assembly polls held in November 2018.

The ruling MLAs allege that Lalduhoma, who won the elections as a independent candidate, has violated para 2(2) of 10th schedule of the Indian constitution by defecting to ZPM party, “The MLA has been involved in ZPM party activities, attended the party offices and inducted new members into the party during functions held in the ZPM office in Aizawl and other places,” the ruling MLAs stated in their complaint.

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Reacting to the complaints, Lalduhoma reiterated that he has not defected to any other party as he continues to maintain his allegiance to the ZPM since its formation in 2017.

Meanwhile, the MLA from Serchip constituency has claimed it to be a conspiracy that is being hatched by MNF top brass to remove him from the state assembly due to his efforts to check and show the right path to the MNF led state government.

He accuses MNF president and the state chief minister Zoramthanga of giving instructions to the 12 MLAs to sign and submit the complaint letters. “It is all conceived and planned by the chief minister. He found me as a great obstacle to his rule and wanted me to be removed,” he said.

He said that he had to contest election on as independent candidate as the party was yet be registered under the Election Commission before the 2018 assembly polls. He also said that there are 38 such MLAs who contested independently awaiting registration of the ZPM in 2018.

The former IPS officer turned politician also reiterated that his party will move to a court of law if he is to be disqualified by the assembly speaker.

Stating his willingness to compete if a by-election is held, the 71-year-old leader said, “people will give us a strong mandate because of un-Christian act by the ruling party.”

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Reacting to Lalduhoma’s allegation, MNF vice president Vanlalzawma said there is no conspiracy in place that there is evidence against MLA.”It was the collective decision of top party leaders and not the chief minister alone. Our MLAs filed complaint against Lalduhoma because we have evidence that he violated the constitution,” he said, adding that party president Zoramthanga consulted party leaders before taking final decision on the case.

Meanwhile, Congress President and former chief minister Lal Thanhawla has defended Lalduhoma.”The attempt by ruling MLAs to remove Serchhip MLA Lalduhoma is a grave insult to the people, who elected the legislator,” he tweeted.

Earlier on Wednesday, the ZPM had also shown their support towards Lalduhoma and termed the development “unfortunate.”

The main opposition party accused the MNF legislators of insulting the people and asked them to withdraw their complaints immediately.

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