Mizoram home minister resigns

In a major setback to Congress in the North Eastern states, a day after former Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang resigning from the Congress party, Mizoram home minister R Lalzirliana today resigned from the cabinet.

Internal differences within Congress in Mizoram took a turn for the worse on Friday after senior leader and state home minister R Lalzirliana resigned as the member of the Lal Thanhawla cabinet.

The move comes two days after the disciplinary committee of the party served a show-cause notice to Lalzirliana, who is also the Congress’ state unit vice-president, over reports that he could join a rival party.“It is true that I have resigned from the cabinet, but I am still a member of the Congress. I would not like to disclose the reasons for my decision,” he said.

The 69-year-old, who represents Tawi seat in Aizwal, also held the charge of power and electricity, rural development and excise and narcotics portfolios and was the second most powerful person in the cabinet headed by chief minister Thanhawla.

Mizoram goes to polls later this year and the move by Lalzirliana could affect the Congress. The show cause notice was served on Lalzirliana on Wednesday asking him to furnish his reply within Friday after he made statements about offers from various parties to join them and reports about him being in the list of official candidates of opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) for the upcoming election.

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