Mizoram: Candidate accused of using Church during polls

November 27, 2013 by  
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Mizoram, November 27, 2013: It is the first time that a candidate of a political party has been using the church for furthering his political ambitions and campaigning, the complaint added.

Mizoram Synod of the Presbyterian Church of IndiaThe opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram has complained against state home minister R Lalzirliana for using the Church for his political advantage during the campaigning for the assembly polls on Nov. 25.

The complaint, made to the moderator of Mizoram Synod of the Presbyterian Church of India, alleged that the local Presbyterian Church of the Armed Veng locality in Aizawl, where the home minister is a member, made a testimonial for Lalzirliana, which was used for campaigning in his home turf – the Tawi assembly seat in the district.

The MNF alleged that the testimonial, which listed different activities of Lalzirliana in the local church, was signed by elder F. Lalroliana and elder Vanlalhruaia Colney, chairman and secretary of the church committee of church in the locality.

The party said its leaders spoke to elder Vanlalhruaia Colney on the night of Nov. 19 who admitted that they made the testimonial with the consent of the local church committee, while the pastor of the Armed Veng pastoral did not acknowledge the existence of the testimonial.

“There are a number of candidates for the polls who have made excellent contributions to church activities but no one, except Lalzirliana, advertised such activities and used them during electioneering,” the MNF said.

It is the first time that a candidate of a political party has been using the church for furthering his political ambitions and campaigning, the complaint added.

“We have information that it was Lalzirliana who asked the church leaders to make the testimonial,” the complaint said.

It added that it was hard to believe that the other church leaders agreed to it as maintained by the secretary of the church committee.

The MNF further alleged that the copies of the church testimonial of Lalzirliana were distributed at Seling village in the Tawi assembly constituency by the leaders of Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), the church-sponsored election watchdog.

This has become a serious allegation as the MPF was formed by the Presbyterian Church and some other churches and NGOs as an election watchdog and was supposed to be completely non-partisan and unbiased.

Lalzirliana, who is also the vice president of the ruling Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee(MPCC) and the senior most cabinet minister next to chief minister Lal Thanhawla, had won from the Tawi assembly seat for three times.

He faces a formidable challenge by Lalmalsawmi, the lone woman candidate of the main opposition party.

– times of india

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