Aizawl, Dec 9: There was not “a single instance of irregularity of our government”, said Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla Monday after he led the Congress to victory in Mizoram for a second consecutive term.
“People accepted our New Land Use Policy (NLUP) for their economic development. Opposition parties’ so-called poll promises have been rejected by the electorate,” said Lal Thanhawla, who was elected to the state assembly from two cosntituencies in central Mizoram.
The Congress-led Mizoram government’s flagship programme NLUP and the proposed Special Economic Development Programme of the Mizoram Democratic Alliance (MDA), led by the Mizo National Front (MNF), figured prominently during their campaigns in the Nov 25 elections to the 40-member assembly.
The NLUP was a special farming-cum-poverty alleviation project, launched in 2010 to support 125,000 “Jhumia” (shifting cultivator) families in four phases and the centre provided Rs.2,873 crore for it.
The scheme aimed to benefit the farmers to solve food scarcity by moving away from “jhum cultivation” (slash and burn method of cultivation) to stable farming.
“There was not a single instance of irregularities of our government. People voted us seeing the success of our government,” Lal Thanhawla, 71, who is also the state Congress chief, told reporters.