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MNF chief denies link with insurgents

india Updated: Jul 22, 2009 20:43 IST
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The opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) on Wednesday rubbished charges levied against it by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla that it was behind the formation of the insurgent group -- Sinlung People's Liberation Army (SPLA)--to disrupt the state assembly polls held last December.

"How could a government worth its name help form an insurgent group which it cannot keep under its control?" MNF chief Zoramthanga said.

No political party in power would take such a step as it would work against the government, he added.

Zoramthanga, a former chief minister, told reporters that he was not aware of the formation of the militant group in 2007 till he was informed by the intelligence.

"Lal Thanhawla's recent statement was aimed at maligning me and my party," he claimed.

"If his statement that he was approached by parents of the misguided youths to take them back was true, why they did not approach me as I was the state chief minister?" he asked.

Zoramthanga alleged that Thanhawla, the then leader of the opposition, knew everything and refused to inform the government as a responsible representative of the people.

At a 'home coming' ceremony of the SPLA cadre, who laid down arms before the state government on Friday, Thanhawla had accused the Zoramthanga government of engineering the formation of the outfit to disrupt the state assembly polls held in December last.

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