AIZAWL: The Mizo National Front chief and Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Tuesday said that his government’s efforts to rehabilitate the refugees of the Zo community from Myanmar, strife-torn Manipur and Bangladesh will help it win the Mizoram state polls.
While speaking to the press before casting his vote, the Chief Minister said that all the displaced people of the Zo community have faith in his government’s efforts and its benefits will be seen in the poll results.
“These people, whether they are from Manipur, Myanmar or Bangladesh, have faith in my government. They know that we done everything to protect them, give them shelter and they would want my party to form the government in Aizawl. They feel secure under MNF government,” he said.
Exuding confidence and reiterating that MNF will form the next government in Mizoram, Chief Minister said that the party is sure to form the next government with “absolute majority”.
“We will sweep the elections and there will not be a hung assembly,” he told the press.
On the allegations of the opposition that his government has failed to provide employment to Mizo youth, Zoramthanga said that despite hurdles such as the Covid, have provided employment to the youth.
“Covid was a hard time, not just for Mizoram but the entire world. I would rather call it a miracle that Mizoram won this battle for survival. Yes, I agree that there is unemployment, but most of the requirement has been met through various projects and by generating employment through government schemes,” said the 79-year-old rebel-turned-politician.
Meanwhile, voting in the state began amid tight security on Tuesday. According to officials, security was beefed up across Mizoram and at the international borders in the state ahead of polling.
A total of 7,200 security personnel have been deployed across the state to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.
A high-ranking police official had told a national news agency that, in all, 1,831 police officers from Mizoram, along with 2,527 Special Armed Police Force (SAPF) personnel and 2,700 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel have been deployed across the state.