Kamalanagar: In yet another political development and major set back for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), lone party sitting member and former Chief Executive Member (CEM) Shanti Jiban Chakma quit the saffron party to join the Mizo National Front (MNF), making the 20-member council a complete MNF dominion.

Chakma’s unexpected decision came following the sudden reconstitution of the Chakma District BJP Committee on Saturday in which MLA Buddha Dhan Chakma was elected as the District president, which Chakma claimed, “hurt the sentiments of the people of CADC since it was constituted without the knowledge of the concerned representative of the BJP.” 

In his resignation letter dated October 5, 2021, Chakma also called the decision to appoint the new district president of BJP as ‘one-sided’ which he said had hurt his sentiment, being the only remaining elected member of BJP in the CADC and prompted him to join the ruling MNF.

Shanti Jiban, in his joining letter, cited ‘lack of reliable leadership and scope in the BJP’ as the reason for his decision for his switchover, while appreciating the presence of visionary and stable leadership in the ruling MNF.

Before his joining, Chakma was the last remaining elected BJP member in Chakma Council after the other seven members including Kusum Lota Chakma, the lone woman member, had shifted their allegiance to the MNF.

With Chakma’s exit, BJP’s representation in the 20-member’s house in the Chakma Autonomous District Council has been reduced to zero.

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