The Telegraph
Saturday , April 23 , 2016

Mizo CM

Aizawl, April 22 (PTI): Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla today said the state would not remain a mute spectator if insurgents try to disrupt the upcoming elections to the councils in 31 villages within the Sinlung Hills Development Council (SHDC) area on May 19.

Addressing party workers at the political session in the Congress Bhawan here, Lal Thanhawla said if the Hmar insurgents wanted to hold talks, they should first show that they were "sincere".

"The insurgents should shun extortion and other violent activities in order to create conducive atmosphere for talks," he said, adding that they should come out and contest the elections.

The chief minister's statement came after the central committee of the Young Mizo Association on Wednesday met him and appealed to initiate peaceful negotiations with the Hmar People's Convention (Democratic) militants.

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