Overthrow MNF to rescue people from poverty: Thanhawla

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Aizawl, Jan 9 (UNI) Mizoram unit of the Congress chief Lal Thanhawla claimed that the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) government in the state must be overthrown to alleviate the poverty of the people and rescue them from the Mautam famine.

Addressing the party workers here yesterday, the former Chief Minister said, ''The Congress has to win the mandate in the next Assembly polls and start practical operations immediately to rescue the people from the present socio-economic crisis.'' Mr Thanhawla criticised Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga's statement on January seven, saying, ''Merely reassuring words will not save us from poverty and distress. We have to act practically to save the poor people with a renewed NLUP (New Land Use Policy).'' Mr Zoramthanga had urged the people on January seven not to worry about the Mautam famine and assured that adequate rice supplies would be provided.

Asserting that corruption should be completely eradicated from Mizoram, Mr Thanhawla claimed that corruption would be uprooted if his party came back to power in the next Assembly polls.

He also claimed that the Congress had a high chance of winning the upcoming elections in some of the NE states.

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