MNF, Mizoram’s largest regional party, tries to distance itself from the saffron brigade in the Christian-dominated state
Aizawl: Mizo National Front (MNF), Mizoram’s largest regional party, is trying hard to distance itself from the BJP, which is being seen as a “Hindu communal party” in the Christian-dominated state that goes to polls on November 28.
In the wake of a news report from Tripura that quoted Tripura BJP general secretary Pratima Bhowmick as saying that MNF and BJP “would not have difficulty in forming post poll alliance”, the MNF on Thursday issued a statement rubbishing it. To make matters worse, the news report was translated into Mizo and was published in the largest vernacular daily Vanglaini on Thursday under the title, “Post-poll agreement of BJP and MNF announced in Tripura.”
This came as real shock for the MNF, which is heavily banking on “Mizo nationalism” and Christianity.
“It was an attempt to tarnish the image of the Mizo National Front. BJP national president Amit Shah and Assam finance minister and BJP election in-charge for Mizoram Himanta Biswa Sarma have clearly announced that the BJP would not forge any alliance with any party in Mizoram. MNF party president Zoramthanga has also made it crystal clear that the party would not forge an alliance with BJP,” the MNF statement said.
According the report from Tripura, Bhowmick was quoted as saying that the MNF cannot have a pre-poll alliance (with the BJP) because of a genuine fear of backlash from the majority of Mizo voters.
Meanwhile, Sarma, while addressing party workers at the BJP office on Wednesday, said that BJP would not form an alliance with either the Congress or the MNF. He lashed out at both the parties and accused them of offering ‘freebies’ to the people through their so-called flagship projects.
He also dismissed BJP’s ‘Hindu image’ as false propaganda of the Congress party.
“BJP is not a Hindu party, but a party for all the people with the main objective of development for the entire country. We have Christian MLAs and ministers in Goa, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Manipur,” he said.