Thiruvananthapuram, August 05 : Mizoram government called off sale of its lottery in Kerala, a report by News18 channel on Friday said.

Mizoram withdrew its lottery from Kerala in view of the LDF government in Kerala objecting to its sale in the state, terming it illegal.

Kerala had the other day written to the centre urging them to ban sale of Mizoram lottery in the state saying that the lottery sale was being carried out in violation of the lotteries (regulation) act 1998.

The LDF government had also cited a CAG report flagging irregularities in the printing and distribution of Mizoram lottery tickets in Kerala.

Kerala police had the other day conducted raid on the office of Teesta distributors - the agency tasked with distribution and sale of Mizoram lottery in Kerala - and seized lottery tickets worth Rs. 5 crore.

The report by News18 channel quoted the Mizoram finance minister Lalsawta as saying that the Mizoram government decided to call off sale of its lottery tickets in Kerala due to the pressure exerted by the LDF government against its sale.

Meanwhile, Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac described Mizoram withdrawing its lottery from Kerala as a triumph of the determination shown by the LDF government to save the state from the ‘lottery mafia’.

In a facebook post, Mr. Isaac praised the Mizoram finance minister for pulling Mizoram lottery from Kerala.

“I have personally discussed the lottery issue with the Mizoram finance minister many times. The talks have always been amicable.” Isaac wrote.

On withdrawing lottery tickets from Kerala, Isaac quoted Lalsawta as saying that Mizoram would not try to impose their lottery on a state ignoring the sentiments expressed by government of that state.

Thomas Isaac extolled this approach of Mizoram as a paragon of cooperative federalism.

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