Election 2023: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Saturday expressed confidence that his party will form the next government in Mizoram. Tharoor, Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, said at a press conference here that Mizoram will be the first state in the north-east in which the Congress will return to power after 2014. In the year 2014, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government at the Centre.
Congress lost power in the 2018 assembly elections
Congress lost power in Mizoram to Mizo National Front (MNF) in the 2018 assembly elections and at that time it (Mizoram) was the last party ruled state in the North-Eastern region. Shashi Tharoor said that Congress celebrates India’s diversity and strengths and not its weaknesses. He said, ‘Congress will oppose one nation, one language, one code and one culture. We are against uniformity. We believe that we can remain united while maintaining our diversity.
What did Tharoor say about BJP
Regarding BJP, Tharoor said, ‘BJP has miserably failed to fulfill its promises since 2014, be it the promise of Rs 15 lakh in bank accounts or the promise of 2 crore jobs.’ Later, while interacting with the young professionals, Shashi Tharoor said that unemployment is one of the biggest challenges facing the state at present. He claimed that more than 23 percent of job aspirant youth of Mizoram are unemployed.
Shashi Tharoor alleged that the MNF government has failed to fulfill its pre-poll promise of creating employment. The Congress leader claimed that the MNF government could provide only 2,200 jobs in the last five years. The Congress MP claimed that there are more than 4,100 vacancies in the state police department alone. Voting for the 40-member assembly of Mizoram will be held on November 7 and counting of votes will take place on December 3.