Aizawl: A high-tension political canvassing for the 25-member Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) ended on Tuesday with the BJP filing a complaint against a minister for alleged violation of the model code of conduct.
Sources within the BJP said the party filed a complaint with a district election official against Supply Minister K. Lalrinliana for allegedly distributing huge quantities of rice bags to MNF party workers. in the village of Theiva in MADC.
The sacks of rice were transported from the nearby village of Tipa by a mini-truck on Tuesday, the sources said.
“The action of the Minister of Supply is an outright violation of the pattern of conduct and abuse of power. We urge you to take disciplinary action against the minister,” BJP Siaha District said in its complaint.
The Minister could not be contacted for clarification despite repeated attempts.
On Monday, Siaha Deputy Commissioner Lalsangliana, who is the returning officer, served a show cause notice on the Vice Chairman of the Mizo National Front (MNF) of Siaha District regarding the alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct at following a complaint filed by the BJP.
Earlier, the party had also filed a case against the son of Sports Minister Robert Romawia Royte for allegedly donating Rs 10 lakh for the construction of a playground in a poll-linked MADC village.
Meanwhile, BJP National Secretary ST Morcha in charge of Mizoram Utarra Debbarma said the party has a chance to increase its membership from 1 to 30 in the state assembly in the upcoming polls of the state assembly. assembly scheduled for 2023.
Addressing a meeting in Aizawl on Tuesday, Debbarma claimed that the Saffron Party is not communal and that the assumption that it is anti-Christian is totally wrong and baseless.
She said the aim and objective of the party is to ensure that every citizen gets their share.
The BJP leader urged party workers to make efforts to ensure that the poor sections of society get their fair share and raise awareness of the true nature and purpose of the party.
“The BJP tally could rise from 1 to 30 members in the next assembly polls in 2023 if party workers work hard for the poor and raise awareness about the nature and purpose of the party,” he said. she stated.
She also alleged that the Mizoram government has refused to implement many central programs in the state.
The last day of the election campaign witnessed intense canvassing by the contending parties.
The vote for the MADC will take place on Thursday and the counting of the votes will take place on May 9.
Official sources said the preparation for the poll is complete. At least 106 presiding officers and 106 scrutineers were deployed for the municipal elections, he said.
A total of 42,342 voters, including 21,969 female voters, would exercise their right to vote to decide the fate of 85 candidates.
The Mizo National Front (MNF), the ruling party in the state, won all 25 seats, while the BJP, which is currently ruling in the council, is contesting 24 seats and Congress (23).
The main opposition party in the state, the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), in its electoral debut in council polls, is vying for 8 seats.
Five independent candidates are also in the running.
In the 25-member council, the BJP now has 17 members, MNF (6) and Congress (2).