AIZAWL, Oct 30 - The present Congress Government in Mizoram has not fulfilled any of the promises in its election manifestoes. This was stated in a Mizoram Watch programme organised by anti-corruption organisation Prism here on Saturday.
�The performance of the previous Congress Government (1998-2013) in fulfilling its election promises was laudable. When it comes to fulfilling manifestoes, the present Congress Government is an under-performer,� said Prism president Vanlalruata during the programme.
Vanlalruata said, during the previous term, the Congress Government fulfilled ten of its promises made in its manifesto in 34 months. The present government has fulfilled none in the same period.
The ruling Congress party, main opposition Mizo National Front and Zoram Nationalist Party boycotted the Mizoram Watch programme, which was the 21st edition since its inception in 2009. Only representatives of BJP and Mizoram People�s Conference were present at the programme. Congress vice president and Home Minister Lalzirliana had announced on Friday that his party would not attend the Mizoram Watch this time as the party no longer considered Prism as a non-political anti-corruption organisation, but as an organisation with political inclination. It may be mentioned that Prism has recently decided to form a Shadow Cabinet for the 2018 elections.
Prism, however, accused the Congress party of not daring to attend the programme because �it has no achievement regarding its election manifestoes.�
�The previous Congress Government was found to be one of the best in following up and fulfilling election promises. Even the party leaders were happy about this and never failed to attend the Mizoram Watch programmes,� Prism president said.
When the meeting moderator Dr Lalthakima invited from among the participants to point out the achievements of the present Congress Government during the programme, no one came forward. The absence of two major opposition parties in the programme astounded both the organisers and participants.
�Normally, opposition parties would be happy to hear the under-performances of the government. This indicate that the opposition parties are not aware of their roles in democracy,� one of the participants said.
�The present Congress Government has spent three years in office, which is 56 per cent of its total term. None of its election promises in the 2013 elections has been fulfilled. Some of its promises in the manifesto are claimed to be �being pursued.� We are eager to know how far the government has actually reached in implementing the manifesto,� Prism said.