Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi took to the streets of Mizoram’s capital, Aizawl, on a scooter taxi during his two-day election tour. During his visit, he met senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. Addressing a public gathering in Lunglei, he urged the people to vote for the protection of their culture, religion, and traditions, alleging that BJP was influencing the major parties, Mizo National Front (MNF) and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), to gain influence in the state.
Rahul Gandhi’s Pledge for the Future
Gandhi outlined the Congress’ promises, including a monthly pension of Rs 2,000 for the elderly, affordable gas cylinders at Rs 750, and support for entrepreneurs, if they come to power. He stressed that the opposition alliance would protect constitutional values and the freedom of people to express themselves and live harmoniously, regardless of religion or culture. Rahul Gandhi criticized BJP and RSS for their differing vision of the country and centralization of power, asserting that Congress would secure victories in various states, including Mizoram. He accused BJP of attempting to control the country’s institutional structure and emphasized the need for decentralization and empowering the people of each state.
Rahul Gandhi’s Take on Mizoram’s Electoral Landscape
Accusing BJP of leveraging MNF and ZPM for political gains in Mizoram, Gandhi highlighted that the upcoming elections are a battle to protect the state’s identity and residents’ freedom, tradition, and religion. He affirmed Congress’ commitment to the state’s empowerment and the belief in handing over power to the people of Mizoram. Rahul Gandhi concluded by asserting that Congress would form the government in Mizoram and urged the people to make informed decisions for the future, emphasizing the importance of Mizoram being governed by its own people rather than from Delhi.