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Mizoram Assembly elections: Congress promises laptops, jobs, houses for poor


Mizoram is going for Assembly polls on November 28 and all the political parties are trying their best to garner maximum votes. In order to retain the power, the Congress in its manifesto — released on Thursday — promised to provide free laptops to students who have cleared Class 10 and above.

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Along with this, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also promised that their government will continue with its two flagship programmes for farmers and youths. Thanhawla has been the chief minister of the north-Indian state since 2008 and is contesting for the third time. Also, Mizoram is the only North-Indian state ruled by Congress party.

According to the party’s manifesto, if Congress retains the power, every student who clears the High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) exam for Class 10 and above would be given laptops every year. However, the party leader stated that for the initial phase, these laptops will be provided to those students above the HSLC without jobs.

The party also promised that for the unemployed youths and farmers of the state, the government will continue its policies of New Economic Development Policy (NEDP) and New Land Use Policy (NLUP) respectively. Under the NLUP a farmer gets Rs one lakh, which the party said that they will increase it.

Also, housing the poor in rural areas and residential quarters for employees of police and education department are there in Congress party’s agenda. Residential quarters for employees of police and education departments have got the place in the party’s manifesto.

With a long list of promises, the Congress party has tried to woo the voters for effective outcome in the elections. The results of the polls will be announced on December 11, along with four other states.

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