Mizoram 2018

Mizoram Assembly Elections 2018 ends Congress-BJP ties in tribal council

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A high-stakes Assembly election has ended an “unnatural” alliance between the ruling Congress and the BJP in one of the three tribal councils of Mizoram. State and national leaders of the two parties were left red-faced in May when their candidates elected to the Chakma Autonomous District Council in April joined hands to keep the regional Mizo National Front (MNF) outThe MNF, which ruled Mizoram for 10 years before the Congress wrested power in 2008, is ironically a member of the BJP-helmed North East Democratic Alliance, a forum to ensure a “Congress-free region”. The MNF won eight of the 20 seats in the council, the Congress seven and the BJP five. The BJP sprang a surprise by sidestepping the MNF to forming the United Legislature Party (ULP), an alliance with the Congress.

“Party ideology did not drive the alliance that was destined to be short-lived because of a condition that the BJP executive members would return to the Congress from where they had defected. The alliance ended with the seven Congress executive members withdrawing from the ULP on October 29,” Lal Lianchhunga, Congress spokesperson, said on Saturday.

Onish Moy Chakma, one of the Congress executive members, said even three of the five BJP executives members resigned to let chief executive member Shanti Jiban Chakma (of the BJP) rule the council with only one BJP executive member.

“The chief executive member’s dictatorial leadership and nepotism led to the collapse of the executive committee six months after the Congress and BJP had got together to form it,” Onish Moy Chakma said.

The BJP insisted that the development in the council would have no bearing on the Assembly election. The party is eyeing two Assembly seats straddling the council, and one of its candidates, Budhha Dhan Chakma, was a Minister in the Congress government.

“There was a rumour that the three BJP executive members who resigned from the ULP joined the Congress. They are very much in the BJP and involved in the party’s campaign,” BJP’s State secretary Gary T. Haokip told The Hindu.

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