Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Mizoram on Tuesday

Aizawl, Nov 20 (UNI) BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi will be campaigning in poll-bound Mizoram on Tuesday.

According to BJP sources, Mr Shah will address poll-related rally at the YMA Ground at Vairengte in the Kolasib district about 130 KM from state capital Aizawl and bordering Assam in the afternoon.

Prior to that, Mr Shah will address another rally at Lawngtlai district that shares international borders with Bangladesh on the west and Myanmar on the south.

At around 1300 hours, BJP national president will release party’s Vision Document for Mizoram at Atal Bhavan, the state BJP headquarter in Aizawl. 

The Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday will also campaign in Mizoram, the only state which has a Congress government in the northeastern region.

He will address a rally at remote Champhai town and another one either at Aizawl or in nearby Mualpui.

The Mizoram unit of Congress party on Monday sought to drag para military force Assam Rifles into a political row with the claim that while the force has allowed the 46 Battallion Assam Rifles ground at Aizawl for a political rally for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they did not allow one for Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

“The Assam Rifles did not permit the Congress party to hold a programme of Rahul Gandhi in October, saying the ground could be allowed only for sports purposes. But on Friday (Nov 23), Prime Minister Modi’s rally is likely to be held at the Assam Rifles ground in Aizawl,” state Congress spokesperson Lallianchhunga has said.

He said after being told about Mr Modi’s rally here on Friday, the Congress party has applied for requisite permission for such a rally on the same ground.

“Why this discrimination? The Assam Rifles seems to have orders from the Ministry of Home Affairs not to allow the use of their (Assam Rifles) ground for Rahul Gandhi’s rally,” Lallianchhunga alleged. 

Mizoram has a tradition of changing hands in the citadel of power every 10 years. The incumbent Congress Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is in power since 2008.

The elections to the 40-member state assembly will take place on November 28 along with Madhya Pradesh.

The counting of votes will take place on December 11.