AIZAWL, August 31 NNN : With the state assembly elections just two months away, political parties in Mizoram have started raking up different issues and the Mizo National Front (MNF) has gone to the extent of calling Mizoram bandh on September 10.
When the ruling Congress party is enjoying the popularity of its pilot project New Land Use Policy (NLUP) in the rural areas, state unit BJP has come up with the demand for 33% reservation for women in state assembly.
The MNF, the main Opposition party in Mizoram has geared up today to impose bandh on September 10 in protest against the alleged misrule of the Congress party in the state. “General decadence of political system coupled with economic recession in the state have compelled us to protest,” said the Action Committee of the MNF. The MNF also accused Lalrinliana Sailo, Mizoram health minister of indulging in drug smuggling.
Meanwhile, the BJP has demanded for the 33% reservation for women not only in Mizoram but in all the state assemblies and in both the houses of Parliament. Sipra Goon, Secretary, of Mahila Morcha National told this in Aizawl during the party’s assembly.
“BJP is very much concerned about women empowerment. BJP always focuses the women problems relating to the field of education, self employment, formation of self help groups,” said Sipra Goon.
Meanwhile, the Congress party under the leadership of Lal Thanhawla continues to boast of the successful implementation of the New Land Use Policy (NLUP) in Mizoram in the past five years.
NLUP is a scheme provided mostly to the farmers to engage in other alternatives for their livelihood rather than jhum or shifting cultivation which destroys forest to the large extent.
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