Aizawl: Even as firmly asserting that it would go it alone in the Lok Sabha polls and by-election, the Mizoram unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sought electoral alliance with like-minded parties ahead of the two polls.
Election to Mizoram’s lone Lok Sabha seat as well as by-election to Aizawl West-I seat will be held in a single phase on April 11. The by-election was necessitated after Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma vacated it to retain his Serchhip seat.
State BJP president Prof JV Hluna told a press conference on Tuesday that his party is ready to forge electoral alliance with like-minded parties. “We warmly welcome all like-minded parties and people to join hands with the BJP. We appeal the people to vote for BJP candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as there is chance of Mizoram having a cabinet minister at the Centre,” he said.
He said that state party leaders will hold a meeting with national leaders in Guwahati on Thursday to discuss the party’s strategy for the upcoming polls.
Citing that the BJP would contest both Lok Sabha polls and by-election, he said the saffron party will project Christian candidates for the upcoming polls. “During the Thursday meeting, party leaders will finalise candidates for the Lok Sabha polls and by-election,” he said.
Hluna said that the BJP at the centre has promised cabinet minister if a BJP candidate from Mizoram was elected. The academician turned politician also lambasted chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga for allegedly betraying the BJP.
MNF is part of the BJP led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).
Accusing Zoramthanga of being “a snake in the grass,” Hluna said while asserting his allegiance to the BJP led NDA government whenever he meet central leadership in Delhi, he pretended to be a non-BJP ally at his home state.
“While the MNF, as an ally of the BJP, is suppose to include the saffront party MLA in the ruling side and let him sit on treasury bench, the MNF sidelined the party MLA and made him sit on the opposition bench,” he alleged.
The BJP opened its account in Mizoram by winning Tuichawng seat in the last assembly polls held on November 28 last year. The party’s vote share in 2018 assembly election was 8%, a huge jump over the 0.37% it had in 2013.