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Mizoram: Governor seeks ECI’s opinion on disqualification of minister over ‘office of profit’ case

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Aizawl, March 20: In a big development, Mizoram Governor Dr. Hari Babu Kambhampati has sought the opinion of Election Commission of India (ECI) on a petition seeking disqualification of minister Robert Romawia Royte for allegedly holding “office of profit”.

The main opposition party of Mizoram, Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) filed a petition claiming Royte is holding an ‘office of profit’ by owning a consultancy firm that worked on several contracts under the state government in violation of the Representation of People (RP) Act.

In its petition, the ZPM alleged that Royte, the sole owner of North East Consultancy Services (NECS), has been running the firm and paying Goods and Services Tax (GST) even after he was elected to state legislature in 2018.

The petition of ZPM also claimed that Royte has concealed in his affidavit the ongoing projects undertaken by his firm while filing nomination for the 2018 assembly elections.

He holds various portfolios including sports and tourism as a minister of state in the Mizo National Front (MNF) government headed by Chief Minister Zoramthanga. Royte has also been recently allotted District Council and Minority Affairs portfolio.

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