Mizoram MADC polls

Aizawl: A high-voltage political canvassing for the 25-member Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) polls ended on Tuesday with the BJP filing a complaint against a minister over alleged violation of model code of conduct.

Sources in the BJP said the party has lodged a complaint with District Election Officer against Supply Minister K. Lalrinliana for allegedly distributing huge quantities of rice bags to MNF party workers at Theiva village in MADC area.

The rice bags were transported from neighbouring Tipa village in a mini truck on Tuesday, the sources said.

“The action of the minister is an outright violation of the model of conduct and misuse of power. We urge you to take disciplinary action against the minister,” BJP’s Siaha district leaders said in the complaint.

The minister could not be contacted for clarification despite repeated attempts.

On Monday, Siaha deputy commissioner Lalsangliana, who is also the Returning Officer, served a show-cause notice to Mizo National Front (MNF) vice president of Siaha district over the alleged violation of model code of conduct following a complaint filed by the BJP.

The party had also lodged a complaint against sports minister Robert Romawia Royte’s son for allegedly giving Rs 10 lakh for the construction of a playground in a village within the poll-bound MADC.

Meanwhile, BJP National ST Morcha secretary and incharge of Mizoram, Utarra Debbarma said the party has a chance of increasing its tally from 1 to 30 members in the state assembly in the next assembly polls due in 2023.

Addressing a meeting in Aizawl on Tuesday, Debbarma claimed that the saffron party is non-communal and the assumption that it is anti-Chrisitian is totally wrong and baseless. She said the aim and objective of the party is to ensure every citizen gets their due share.

“The BJP tally may increase its tally from 1 to 30 members in the next assembly polls in 2023 if party workers work hard for the poor and spread awareness on the nature and objective of the party,” she said.

The last day of the poll campaign witnessed intense canvassing from all contesting parties. Polling for the MADC will be held on Thursday and counting of votes will be undertaken on May 9.

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