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PM Modi to visit Mamit on Oct 30; Lalrinliana Sailo promised deputy CM post

Lalrinliana Sailo and Yanthungo Patton (first row in the middle) with BJP supporters Nalzawl village

Aizawl: Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland and prominent BJP leader, Yanthungo Patton on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the Mizoram-Tripura border Mamit on October 30. 

Patton also stated that if the former Mizoram Assembly Speaker, Lalrinliana Sailo, secures victory in the Mamit assembly seat in the upcoming state elections, he will be inducted as Deputy Chief Minister.

Patton said this in a public meeting at Nalzawl village situated within Mamit constituency. 

Speaking with conviction, Patton assured that the BJP is poised to play a pivotal role in the state government following the upcoming elections, regardless of which party forms the government. 

The polls are set to take place for the 40-member Mizoram legislature on November 7.

Patton also affirmed that, should Lalrinliana Sailo be elected from the Mamit seat, he will be duly appointed as Deputy Chief Minister. 

“PM Modi will lend his support to Sailo’s campaign in the Mamit constituency on October 30,” he said. 

In an expression of optimism, Patton declared, “I will come to Mamit to celebrate Christmas if he [Sailo] is elected as a legislator from the constituency.”

Lalrinliana Sailo, who was denied a ticket by the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) for the forthcoming Assembly polls, took the bold step of resigning from his post as Speaker and legislator on October 11. He subsequently joined the BJP the very next day.

Addressing the public gathering, Lalrinliana conveyed his motivations for aligning with the saffron party, stating, “I joined the BJP for the development of Mizoram. I also joined the BJP for the protection of our land, people, and our religion.” 

In a bid to secure the support of the minority Bru voters, the former Speaker made significant promises, including the construction of a Bru House in both Mamit town and Aizawl, along with the establishment of an Eklavya School in the constituency.

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