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Congress has no regard for North East region, its traditions: PM Modi

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Lunglei (Mizoram) | Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said he felt a deep sense of anguish at the Congress “abusing” Northeast culture and calling its dress “outlandish”.

Coming down heavily on the rival party at an election rally at Lunglei, he also said that the country has understood the “divide and rule” policy of the Congress and that is the reason the party was just confined to two to three states. Mizoram in the Northeast is the last bastion of the Congress. Election to the 40-member assembly is scheduled for November 28.

“The Congress party, which once governed maximum number of states, is now restricted to just two or three states. Now, the people of Mizoram have a golden opportunity to rid themselves of this Congress culture,” Modi said. The priority for Congress is not the people of Mizoram, it is fighting to gain power, the PM charged.

“I feel deep sense of anguish when I see a Congress leader abused traditional dress of northeast states, calling them outlandish. Your hopes, ambitions do not matter to the Congress. Their priority is power and not the people of Mizoram,” he stated.

In the last four years, the BJP government at the Centre, has worked for greater recognition of Indian culture and traditions, far and wide, Modi asserted.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor had in August stated that Prime Minister Modi wears “outlandish” headgear.

I ask you why does our Prime Minister wear all sorts of outlandish headgear wherever he goes around the country or around the world? Why does he always refuse to wear a Muslim skull cap? Tharoor had stated.

“You see him in Naga headgears with feathers. You have seen him in various kinds of extraordinary outfits which is a right thing for a prime minister to do. Indira Gandhi has also been photographed wearing various kinds of costumes. But why he still always says no to one?, Tharoor had stated.

The prime minister said, “Through its ‘Act, East, Act Fast’ policy, the BJP has, in the last 4.5 years, developed every region of the Northeast”.

The double engine of the BJP governments in both the Centre and the State will take Mizoram to new heights, he added.

Mizoram Elections 2018

Zoramthanga sworn in as new Mizoram Chief Minister

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Aizawl | Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga was sworn in as Mizoram’s new chief minister, heading a 12-member ministry. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor K Rajasekharan during a ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.

Zoramthanga took oath in Mizo language. This was his third stint as chief minister of the northeastern state, having led the MNF government in Mizoram in 1998 and 2003. Tawnluia will be the deputy chief minister.

Along with Zoramthanga, 11 others — five cabinet ministers and six ministers of state — were also sworn in. The five cabinet ministers are — Tawnluia, R Lalthangliana, Lalchamliana, Lalzirliana, and Lalrinsanga.

The six ministers of state are — K Lalrinliana, Lalchhandama Ralte, Lalruatkima, Dr. K Beichhua, T J Lalnuntluanga and Robert Romawia Ralte.

Chairman of Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of 16 major churches in the state, Rev R Lalhmingthanga, read out from the Bible and offered prayers during the ceremony. The MNF came to power in Mizoram capturing 26 of the 40 seats in the state assembly in the recently held polls.

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Assembly polls: Mizoram CM loses both seats

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Aizawl | Mizoram Chief Minister and Congress candidate Lal Thanhawla lost from both his home turf Serchhip and Champhai South seat on Tuesday, Election Commission sources said.

Lal Thanhawla was defeated in Serchhip by the Zoram People’s Movement’s (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma by a margin of 410 votes, they said.

He also lost to T J Lalnuntluanga, a political novice and Mizo National Front (MNF) nominee, by a margin of 1,049 votes in Champhai South constituency near the Myanmar border.

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MNF surging ahead in Mizoram with leads in 21 of 40 seats

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Aizawl | The Mizo National Front (MNF) is surging ahead having a lead in 21 of the 40 seats in Mizoram Assembly while the ruling Congress is trailing way behind, according to trends available at 10 am.

The Congress is leading in six constituencies, Election Commission sources said.

The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is leading in 10 seats and the BJP is leading in one seat.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is trailing behind ZPM’s chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma in Serchhip.

He is also trailing behind T J Lalnuntluanga of the MNF in Champhai South seat.

Finance Minister Lalsawta is trailing in the prestigious Aizawl East-II behind MNF nominee Robert Romawia Royte.

BJP candidate and former minister Dr Buddha Dhan Chakma is leading by over 1,000 votes against MNF nominee R M Chakma in Tuichawng seat in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district.

Former assembly speaker Lalchamliana of the MNF is ahead of Cooperation Minister and the lone woman legislator Vanlalawmpuii Chawngte in Hrangturzo seat.

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