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Rajnath Singh promises to upgrade ADCs

Aizawl: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on a campaign trail for the coming election to the Mizoram legislative assembly, on Wednesday promised that the central government will surely improve the autonomous district councils in Mizoram by empowering them with higher autonomy.

Addressing an election rally at southernmost Mizoram’s Tipa in Siaha district to campaign for the BJP candidate K. Hrahmo, Singh said that a special package for development of the areas within Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) will be initiated.

He said that besides Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border Mamit district, Siaha district will also be identified as an ‘aspirational district’.

Addressing another public meeting at north-western Mamit district, he said that Mizoram and other north-eastern states are strategically very important for defence of the country.

He reminded the large gatherings that the Congress government bombarded its own citizens in Mizoram back in 1966. “The people of Mizoram were facing severe hardships, but they are now peaceful under the BJP rule at the centre,” he said.

A plan is in the anvil to connect Aizawl and Myanmar border Saisichhuah by railway line to link Sittwe port in Myanmar, he said.

Talking about the turmoil in neighbouring Manipur state, the Defence Minister said that the violence has nothing to do with religion as it is ethnic clashes. He expressed the hope that peace will soon return to Manipur.

He said that there has been no real development during the 5-year rule of the Mizo National Front (MNF) government compelling the Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo to quit the MNF party and join the saffron party.

Mamit constituency is where Sailo is contesting on BJP ticket after leaving the MNF as the latter denied him ticket in the upcoming state assembly elections.

Singh came to the lone Lengpui airport by a special flight and went to Siaha district’s Tipa town by helicopter from where he flew again to Mamit to address the election rally and returned to Delhi from Lengpui airport. 

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