Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said Friday he expects “the whole country will surely benefit” because the Prime Minister designate has been a three-time Chief Minister of a state and that such leaders understand the difficulties faced by states.
Responding to local opposition parties’ charge that the Congress government in Mizoram would find itself in the doldrums because it’s parent party is no longer in power in New Delhi, the Congress veteran said that in the past, development projects in the state took off during the tenure of non-Congress PMs.
“The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee does not collapse when a party other than the Congress comes to power at the Centre. The railhead at Bairabi (near the Assam-Mizoram border) came during the tenure of Deve Gowda.
“When Deve Gowda called a meeting of all state Chief Ministers, all us CMs were happy. The reason is that a PM who had been a CM knew very well the kinds of problems states face. The ideal is that each PM should have been a former CM.
“Now a man who has been CM of a state for three terms is going to be the PM of India, and the whole country will surely benefit from this,” Lal Thanhawla said at Congress Bhavan, without naming Narendra Modi.
The five-time Mizoram CM also played down fears in the Christian-dominated state that a BJP-led government would hinder freedom of religion.
“We may have some fears here and there in terms of religion, but I believe they will not act blatantly because they too want to form the government for a long time. God uses the Congress party the most for ensuring freedom of religion. The party falls sometimes, but it always gets up.”