AIZAWL, July 19 - Corruption watchdog-turned-political party PRISM today called for the resignation of Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla for �misuse of power� by allowing his daughter-in-law to take �interviews� on his behalf.
Sources said Lal Thanhawla, who is at the retiring age of 80, now seldom holds interviews with people either in his bungalow or his office, and lets his young daughter-in-law Rosie Chalrotluangi, the widow of his late son, to do the job.
Taking a strong exception to this, PRISM said that this amounts to misuse of power.
�The highest and most important office in the State has been degraded, which is a serious matter. We suspect that someone who does not hold any constitutional post has interfered in the government affairs, which might have been the cause of maladministration and irregularities we have experienced under the Lal Thanhawla Government,� PRISM president Vanlalruata said.
PRISM referred to the scandal of former South Korea president Park Geun-hye, who has been sentenced to 24 years in jail for abuse of her constitutional power.
�Park Geun-hye was found guilty of taking advice from her close friend Choi Soon-sil and allowed her access to government matters. That is similar to the situation here. The Chief Minister has allowed his trustee, his daughter-in-law, who does not hold any constitutional post, to perform his duties on his behalf,� Vanlalruata said. He said Lal Thanhawla should face the same punishment.