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BJP assures more power to ADCs in Mizoram


Aizawl: Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra on Thursday said in southernmost Mizoram’s Siaha town that the Union Cabinet has already approved amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution as demanded by the Mara (Siaha) district BJP.

Mishra, while campaigning for BJP candidates Dr. K. Beichhua and K. Hrahmo, contesting as candidates of the saffron party in Siaha and Palak assembly constituencies respectively, said that the proposed amendment of the Sixth Schedule will be passed in the Parliament before the expiry of the current Lok Sabha term.

The BJP and the Congress party have been demanding amendment to the Sixth Schedule to give more autonomy and power to the 3 autonomous district councils in the southern part of the state. There are Mara, Lai and Chakma autonomous district councils in the south, one in Siaha district and 2 in Lawngtlai districts.

One of their main demand was direct funding from the centre without routing through Mizoram finance department.

However, senior advocate and chairman of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legal board, C. Lalramzauva said that the BJP’s promise of amendment to the Sixth Schedule is an empty election pledge.

Addressing a press conference at the Siaha Press Club on Thursday, Lalramzauva, who is also legal adviser to state chief minister Zoramthanga said that the saffron party had been making the same promise in every election earlier and is yet to fulfil the promise.

Coming down heavily on the leaders of the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) which is the BJP government Lalramzauva said that all the leaders holding the top job in the council may soon be convicted on graft cases and may soon be disqualified as member of district council (MDC).

He said that the those who formed the MADC in the earlier term were Congress MDCs and the One-man Commission of Inquiry by an IAS officer Bhupesh Chaudhury submitted its findings to the state governor which indicted many of the top MADC leaders.

“However, they were bailed out by the BJP government at the centre on the condition that they joined the saffron party en masse to for a BJP government at the MADC,” Lalramzauva said.

He said that criminal complaints have been submitted to the Mizoram Lokayukta based on the report of the Commission of Inquiry and the state Lokayukta had registered a case under MLC No. 12 of 2020.

“The state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has launched a full investigation into the allegations of corruption committed by those holding the top jobs in the MADC and if convicted by a court of law, will subsequently be disqualified,” he said.

He accused the BJP of trying to mislead the Mara people during elections by making promises that cannot be fulfilled.

Though MNF is a part of the BJP-led NDA, the electoral battle between the two NDA partners have become more and more bitter hurling accusations and counter-accusations at each other.

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