Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga on Wednesday expressed allegiance to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Zoramthanga’s remarks came a day after state BJP president Prof JV Hluna accused the ruling MNF of pretending as though to be a non-NDA partner. The CM, however, said that the MNF, though an ally of NDA, would not tie-up with the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and assembly by-election.
“No doubt we are the NDA member, but we are not working with the BJP here. The MNF and BJP will file separate candidates of their own in the upcoming polls,” Zoramthanga said while announcing the party candidates for the state lone’s Lok Sabha seat and by election to Aizawl West-I seat during a function at the party office in Aizawl.
The MNF has declared former Doordarshan director general (DG) C Lalrosanga and Zothantluanga as party contenders for the Lok Sabha polls and assembly by-election, respectively.
Both the polls will be held on April 11.
Speaking about the upcoming polls, Zoramthanga said it will be a significant battle between anti-liquor party and parties which support alcohol. He alleged that many of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leaders are in favour of selling alcohol.
The ZPM on Tuesday forged alliance with Congress to contest the polls. Zoramthanga also blamed ZPM for forging alliance with Congress, whose government has seen no development but sales of liquor.
He alleged that during 10 years of Congress rule, many people died due to consumption of alcohol. The former rebel leader also cautioned party workers against adversaries from rival parties. He said that the oppositions will attack the ruling party from different angles especially on NDA-MNF alliance.
“When opposition question about our allegiance to NDA, you should say, “yes” we are the NDA partner but we are not with the BJP,” Zoramthanga told party workers.
He alleged that the ZPM members like Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) are also NDA partners.
Zoramthanga said that he along with leaders of ZNP and MPC expressed their allegiance to NDA by signing a bond in 2014.
Earlier on Tuesday, JV Hluna had slammed Zoramthanga as acting “cunningly.” He alleged that while Zoramthanga asserted his NDA allegiance when he met national leaders, he pretended to be a non-BJP ally here.
Hluna also said that state BJP unit has no more considered MNF as a NDA partner.