Mizoram NGO’s body withdraw stir, ready to talk to Election Commission team

Mizoram NGO’s body withdraw stir, ready to talk to Election Commission team

Aizawl, Nov 6: After mounting pressure on the authorities and especially the central government and the Election Commission for hours as thousands of Mizo students, social activists and common people including women took to the streets here on Tuesday and 'Gheraoed' the office of CEO S B Shashank, the protestors have called off their stir.

"The rally at the Treasury Square has been called off. The Gherao of CEO office has been called off," Young Mizo Association (YMA) chairman Vanlal Ruata said here.

The sources said the civil society leaders would be now meeting the Election Commission team - deputed specially by the poll panel to defuse the crisis in the poll-bound Mizoram.

Elections to 40-member state assembly will take place on November 28.

The NGO's body earlier announced that Mr Shashank, who is being seen as taking a pro-Brus stance and is also responsible for transfer of a Mizo IAS officer as Home Secretary, would not be allowed to attend office.

From around 0800 hours, volunteers sat with banners and raised slogans against Mr Shashank.

A large number of them squatted on the road at Treasury Square near CEO's office singing local 'Mizo patriotic song'.

Mr Shashank did not come to office in the morning hours, a source said but declined to divulge about his where about due to "security reasons".

Shops and business establishments remained closed but vehicles and taxis were allowed to be on the roads.

Pressure mounted on the Election Commission, which had ordered replacement of a Mizo IAS officer and former Principal Home Secretary Lalnunmawaia Chuaungo last week, on Tuesday deputed a three-member headed by a Mizo IAS officer from Jharkhand to visit the state.

In quite unprecedented developments, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and also state BJP chief J V Hluna in their letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday demanded the ouster of CEO Shashank.

In view of the complex situation arising out of the demand for the ouster of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S B Shashank and the NGOs body threatening to 'gherao' his office from Tuesday morning, the Election Commission has deputed a three-member high level team to Mizoram to assess the ground situation.

The team comprises of L Khiangte, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Jharkhand, Nikhil Kumar, Director at Election Commission and S B Joshi, Secretary Election Commission.

According to official sources here, the special Election Commission delegation will arrive Aizawl on Tuesday and "have discussions with senior officers of the state government and representatives of the Joint NGO Coordination Committee" and try to resolve the impasse. (UNI)