Lal Thanhawla declined to comment beyond saying the MNF had nothing to do with his faith. But his Congress party underscored the MNF’s “narrow-mindedness” while pointing out that the CM and his wife Lal Riliani attended a Dussehra programme in Kolkata as chief guests.
“In a secular country, a chief minister has no religious barriers. Besides, the Kolkata programme was of a cultural nature,” said a Congress spokesperson in state capital Aizawl.
“The MNF must have forgotten that their leader Zoramthanga had entered a gurdwara outside Mizoram sporting a turban,” said the spokesperson. “Did the late President Giani Zail Singh convey an anti-Sikh message by attending church services in Mizoram?” he asked.