Protests eased only after CEO left for Delhi
Shashank had reportedly sought deployment of additional central armed police forces and complained to the EC that former principal secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo was interfering with the poll process. Based on his report, EC had ordered removal of Chuaungo, a Mizo and IAS officer from Gujarat cadre.
The NGO Coordination Committee—a conglomerate of civil societies and student organisations—along with other political leaders had been demanding Shashank’s exit, who is seen as a Bru sympathiser, ever since. CM Lal Thanhawla had last week written to PM Modi seeking removal of the CEO, say- ing that “people (of Mizoram) state had lost faith in him”.
The NGO committee had also demanded that 11,232 Bru voters lodged in six Tripura relief camps be allowed to exercise their franchise at their respective polling stations in Mizoram and not in Tripura as committed by poll panel in 2014. The EC has also agreed to this demand. Polling in Mizoram is to be held on November 28.
Thousands of people had protested and organised picketing in front of CEO’s office last week. Shashank has been camping in Delhi since past 3-4 days. In fact, the protests eased after the CEO left Mizoram. The nomination process picked up with over 200 nominations filed until the last date on Friday.