AIZAWL Sept 13 (Newmai): Congress, the ruling party in Mizoram, has threatened disciplinary actions against its party vice president who is also Home minister, R Lalzirliana for allegedly keeping mum over media reports of his alleged defecting to the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) once election dates are announced.
Mizoram assembly poll is due this year end.
Disciplinary Action Committee of the ruling Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Tuesday served a show cause notice to the party vice president to explain about the allegations, and also why he should evade disciplinary action, sources in Congress Bhavan said on Thursday.
The MPCC in its show cause notice stated that some local media have reported that the meeting of MNF’s nomination committee held on September 4 proposed the Congress leader to contest on the party’s (MNF) ticket from Tawi, the constituency which he is representing in the present government.
The committee further mentioned there have been speculations doing the round that the Home minister will leave Congress and join the MNF once election dates are announced.
In the backdrop of these allegations, the MPCC had asked R Lalzirliana to give explanation and clarify why he should not be given disciplinary action on or before September 14. The show cause notice threatened that disciplinary action would be taken against the Congress leader if he fails to give explanation within a stipulated time or his explanation is unacceptable.
Earlier, sources said that the Congress leaders had asked him to deny the media reports that he was defecting to MNF and also to express his loyalty to Congress before the party leaders or media. However, R. Lalzirliana could not comply with the request as he was attending a government programme along with chief minister Lal Thanhawla and other cabinet colleagues on the appointed day.
Lalzirliana’s silence prompted the disciplinary committee of the Congress to sit for the second time and served the show cause notice to him, a Congress leader said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Lalzirliana said that he was not happy with the show cause notice and alleged that the rumour about him joining the MNF was a conspiracy to personally defile his reputation and disintegrate the Congress party.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the Congress leader said he was approached by not only MNF but also by the BJP and ZPM to join them. He also said that he should have been consulted as the party vice president on the rumours before the disciplinary committee took any decision. The Home minister added that he was preparing to explain the matter before party leaders on September 10, but could not do so because he was attending the conference of deputy commissioners and superintendent of polices on that day.
“I asked one of our legislators R. Vanlalvena to inform the disciplinary committee about my inconvenience. I hope he had done so. In spite of this I received the show cause notice for which I am really shocked and unhappy,” he rued. Asked whether or not he will give an explanation, the Home minister said, “Time will decide.”
Lalzirliana is currently serving his fourth consecutive term as legislator from Tawi constituency since 1998.