Aizawl: Blowing the poll bugle in Mizoram, BJP president Amit Shah came down heavily on the “corrupt and dynastic rule” of the Congress party in the state and confirmed that the party will go it alone in the forthcoming assembly polls scheduled on November 28.
“I am confident that Mizoram will celebrate the next Christmas under the BJP government,” he said.
Addressing a packed audience of booth-level workers at the R Dengthuama Indoor Stadium in Aizawl, Shah alleged that the Congress government in Mizoram refused to implement the numerous poor-friendly schemes. If it had done so, people would have praised PM Narendra Modi, he added.
“Give the Congress government a chance till November 28. After that, you will bid farewell to corruption and let in the Narendra Modi-government schemes for the uplift of the people,” he said.
Informing the workers that the development of Northeast is one of the main agendas of the Modi government, the BJP president further added that Central ministers visited the region more than 200 times during the last four years.
Shah said the Central government sanctioned more than Rs 4,000 crore to Mizoram during the last four years. “I am shocked to see that Mizoram still lags behind the rest of India despite such a huge amount of money sanctioned,” he said. “All we have got from the Congress government is corruption and dynasty,” he said, accusing CM Lal Thanhawla of planning to make his younger brother and minister Lal Thanzara to be his successor.
Shah said that the huge potential that Mizoram has in tourism, power and horticulture sectors remained untapped under the Congress rule.
“Give one chance to the BJP and the state will stop importing power from other states, instead it will produce surplus power,” he said. Mizoram will be made a tourism hotspot, he added.
Attacking the Congress government on the poor road conditions, Shah blamed it on CM Lal Thanhawla and his younger brother Lal Thanzara who looks after the PWD.
Shah expressed confidence that Mizoram will be the 20th state in India and the eighth in the Northeast under the BJP’s rule. “I am confident that Mizoram will celebrate the next Christmas under the BJP government,” he said.
Announcing that that BJP will go it alone in the November 28 polls, Shah said, “We will contest in all the 40 seats. We will not forge alliance with the Mizo National Front (MNF).” MNF is BJP’s ally in the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). “We will set up units across the state,” he said.
The BJP national president, on Wednesday, inducted into the party fold former Congress minister Buddha Dhan Chakma, who had resigned from the state assembly on Tuesday, and former IPS officer Vanupa Zathang, besides several tribal leaders.
After addressing the booth-level members’ conference, Shah inaugurated the state BJP office named Atal Bhavan at the Upper Republic neighbourhood of Aizawl.
BJP national secretaries Ram Lal and Ram Madhav were also present on the occasion.