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Rajnath promises more power to tribal councils

By The Assam Tribune

SIAHA (MIZORAM), Nov 16 - Alleging that the Congress Government had not done anything to bring development in Mizoram, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the BJP, if voted to power, would upgrade the road infrastructure in the State within six months.

Addressing an election rally here, he said the condition of roads in the North Eastern State has gone from bad to worse under the Congress rule.

�The BJP, if elected to power, will build highways and mend roads in the State within six months,� Singh said.

The minister also asserted that the Centre would ensure passage of an amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, providing more power to the autonomous district councils of Mizoram.

�If the two BJP nominees in the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) are elected to power, the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre will be able to push for an amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to ensure more autonomy to the district councils,� he said.

The MADC, one of the three autonomous district councils within the State, has its headquarters at Siaha. Under the Sixth Schedule, the Constitution gives special provisions to the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura.

Mizoram, the last Congress bastion in the North East, will go to polls on November 28. The results will be announced on December 11.

Singh, who arrived in Mizoram around noon, is set to address two more rallies at Chawngte within the Chakma Autonomous District Council and Damparengpui village in Mamit district along the Bangladesh border. � PTI

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Rajnath promises more power to tribal councils

SIAHA (MIZORAM), Nov 16 - Alleging that the Congress Government had not done anything to bring development in Mizoram, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the BJP, if voted to power, would upgrade the road infrastructure in the State within six months.

Addressing an election rally here, he said the condition of roads in the North Eastern State has gone from bad to worse under the Congress rule.

�The BJP, if elected to power, will build highways and mend roads in the State within six months,� Singh said.

The minister also asserted that the Centre would ensure passage of an amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, providing more power to the autonomous district councils of Mizoram.

�If the two BJP nominees in the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) are elected to power, the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre will be able to push for an amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to ensure more autonomy to the district councils,� he said.

The MADC, one of the three autonomous district councils within the State, has its headquarters at Siaha. Under the Sixth Schedule, the Constitution gives special provisions to the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura.

Mizoram, the last Congress bastion in the North East, will go to polls on November 28. The results will be announced on December 11.

Singh, who arrived in Mizoram around noon, is set to address two more rallies at Chawngte within the Chakma Autonomous District Council and Damparengpui village in Mamit district along the Bangladesh border. � PTI

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