My last term as CM: Lal Thanhawla

Lal Thanhawla,seven Cabinet ministers and four Ministers of State were sworn in,Saturday.

Written by Express News Service | Aizawl | Published:December 15, 2013 3:45 am

Congress veteran Lal Thanhawla,who was sworn in as Chief Minister of Mizoram for the fifth time on Saturday,has said this will be his last term.

“There are children in the family that I want to devote my time to and take care of. There are conscientious,God-fearing leaders in our party. They can take the reins,we will work towards building new leadership,” he told The Sunday Express after the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.

“My party workers have told me I should lead even if I am confined to a wheelchair but I think that’s too much,” he said,laughing. The veteran,who has led the state Congress for more than three decades,will be an octogenarian if the Congress completes its full term till the next Assembly elections in 2018.

Lal Thanhawla said his new government,besides completing the already announced projects such as the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project,will also work towards the disenfranchisement of Brus who “refuse to return home” from Tripura relief camps.

While Lal Thanhawla,seven Cabinet ministers and four Ministers of State were sworn in Saturday,three erstwhile Cabinet ministers were dropped — controversy-dogged former health minister Lalrinliana Sailo,former transport minister P C Zoramsangliana and former land revenue and settlement minister J H Rothuama.

Lal Thanhawla’s younger brother,a parliamentary secretary in the last government,was elevated to Minister of State.

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