An official function to celebrate Mizoram’s 33rd Statehood Day was held on Wednesday for the first time after 10 years of Congress rule.
Mizoram was upgraded to a full-fledged state from a Union Territory after signing of the Mizo Accord in 1986.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted the people of the state.
On Wednesday, all government offices, educational institutions and commercial banks remained closed as the state government declared a public holiday.
Addressing a programme at Vanapa Hall here on Wednesday, Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan said: “Credit must go to the strong civil society here. We have transitioned from years of struggle to become one of the most peaceful states in the country.”
Chief minister Zoramthanga hailed the Mizo Peace Accord as one of the most successful and productive accords in the country.
He said for the Mizo community the accord is no less significant than Republic Day and Independence Day. He added that the people of Mizoram, civil society, churches, students, and the Mizo National Front (MNF) have equally contributed to signing of the peace accord.
“Greetings to people of Mizoram on its Statehood Day. Fondly remember the warmth of people of the state and the grand reception I got during my visit. My best wishes to this beautiful state in its journey towards development,” Kovind said in a tweet.
Modi said, “The people of Mizoram are known for their valour and rich values. The entire nation is proud of Mizo culture and the contribution for the state to India’s pro-gress. Praying for Mizoram’s growth in the coming years.”
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said, “I extend my warm greetings to the wonderful people of Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh on their Statehood Day.”