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Mizoram: Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, ZPM mulls tie-up with Cong

Ruling Mizo National Front should snap ties with BJP, pull out of of North East Democratic Alliance to oppose Citizenship Bill, says opposition Zoram People’s Movement leader Lalduhoma

Aizawl: Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma on Wednesday said that the alliance is mulling to tie up with the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

ZPM is an electoral alliance formed by two regional parties and four groups.

Speaking to reporters at the alliance office here, Lalduhoma said talks are going on between the two parties for tie up.

He said that the ZPM would not hesitate to work with the Congress in order to defeat the MNF, which is the BJP ally at the centre in the Lok Sabha polls.

Lalduhoma, who is also opposition leader in the state legislature said he recently attended West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s United India rally in Kolkata where he met leaders of opposition parties.

He said the opposition leaders discussed about forging alliance to form a non-BJP government at the centre.

“Opposition leaders at the centre want us that we have a non-BJP MP from Mizoram. Negotiation is in progress with the state Congress to work together in the coming Lok Sabha polls,” he said.

Meanwhile, former chief minister and state Congress president Lal Thanhawla told reporters that both the ZPM and Congress would join hands in the Lok Sabha polls.

He said that ZPM leader Lalduhoma has proposed for a tie-up in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and by- election to Aizawl West-I.

“He (Lalduhoma) has sent a proposal to us to work together in the upcoming Lok Sabha and by-election. We warmly welcome the proposal,” he said.

In the state assembly held on November 28 last year, the ZPM won eight seats, while the Congress secured five seats.

Lalduhoma has, meanwhile, accused chief minister Zoramthanga of begging mercy from the Centre and not taking adequate steps to develop the state and protect the interest of the people.

He said that Zoramthanga could not stand for the people of his state as he was living at the mercy of the Centre.

The former Lok Sabha member also slammed the chief minister for not taking concrete steps to oppose the controversial Citizenship Bill in order to protect the interests of the people. “He (Zoramthanga) could not stand for his people because he only knows how to beg mercy from the Centre,” he alleged.

Replying to media, the ZPM leader said the Mizo National Front (MNF) led by Zoramthanga should snap ties with the BJP and pull out of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in order to oppose the Citizenship Bill.

He alleged that the MNF was opposing the Citizenship Bill simply in name and has not taken any concrete measures to stop the passage of the Bill.

Terming the Citizenship Bill “dangerous,” Lalduhoma said Mizoram would be most affected if the bill is passed by the centre.

He said that the bill, if enacted, would not only grant citizenship to Chakma foreigners but also attract illegal influx from neighbouring Bangladesh.

He said that the people of northeast would feel insecure and develop the feeling of alienation from the country if the bill is passed.

During the opposition rally in Kolkata on January 19, the ZPM leader had said that the entire northeast was “burning” because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

He had said that the people of Northeast India have been alienated from the rest of the country due to the passage of the bill.