Aizawl, Nov 05: Mizoram’s ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) president and Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Saturday said that ethnic Mizos from across the international borders and neighbouring state of Manipur taking shelter in Mizoram are feeling safe under the MNF government.
Addressing a public meeting to mark the closing of the MNF party campaign at Thuampui neighbourhood within his Aizawl East-1 assembly constituency, Zoramthanga said that the tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people might have faced several dangers if the MNF had not been in power in the state.
Though the last date for campaigning ends at 4 pm on Sunday, all the political parties close their campaigning on Saturday due to the fact that Sunday is a sacred and holy day for Christians.
“The central government had instructed us to deport all the refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh, but we defied their directions and allowed them to take refuge in the state. The centre provided Rs 300 lakh as humanitarian assistance for the refugees,” he said.
The refugees and IDPs taking shelter in Mizoram have expressed their wish that the MNF party should regain power in the coming election to the Mizoram assembly.
He also said that the efforts made by his government in protecting the interstate border areas were commendable and the people will remember what the MNF government did in regards to protecting the Assam border areas.