17 BJP leaders of Mizoram unit, including former state president Khawvelthanga Ralte and three ex-MLA candidates, quit the saffron party on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Calling Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre “fake” as well as “hopeless”, 17 BJP leaders of Mizoram unit, including former state president Khawvelthanga Ralte and three ex-MLA candidates, quit the saffron party on Thursday.

The mass resignation was announced by former state BJP media chairman Lalrozara at a press conference here on Thursday.

Lalrozara said they were disappointed with the BJP government for making many false promises. He said that they joined the BJP with a hope to establish good government at the Centre as well as in Mizoram.

“Our hopes shattered when we discovered that the BJP is anti-democratic and is like a German’s “facist” that dictates term without paying attention to our voices,” the BJP leader said, adding that the BJP central leader hardly listen their demands.

Lalrozara alleged that the NDA government has not achieve any good economic impact during its five years rule and the country faced worse economic crisis and the “darkest period” like it had been in 1990s during former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar’s regime.

Though Prime Minister Modi had promised to create employment as much as possible the country faces the worst unemployment problem in 47 years, he added.

The leader alleged that India has also failed in defence and maintenance of national security. He said that Modi government failed to retaliate and take revenge of the Pulwama attack.

“Although the government claimed that it had killed 250-300 terrorists, it could not produce evidence but instead branded those people who seek evidence as anti-national or enemy. If the whole world is against terrorism, why is India not being congratulated by other nations if it really killed 300 terrorists. Modi government is keen on only making false statement. It is a “fake” government,” he alleged.

Lalrozara said that the BJP was firm on introducing Citizenship Amendment Bill, which is against the Citizenship Act, 1955 and concept of secularism. He said that they strongly opposed to the citizenship bill because the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, which protected the Mizo tribal from assimilation by outsiders will be meaningless, if the bill was enacted.

Lalrozara, who was accompanied by a host of resigned leaders, said they were not happy with the party central leadership for nominating a Chakma candidate to represent the indigenous Mizos.

As Lok Sabha is house of the people, a Mizo candidate should be nominated to represent the Mizos, who are majority in Mizoram, he said.

Lalrozara, however, denied any internal squabbles within the party in the state. He said that they are yet to decide which party they will join.

State BJP president Prof JV Hluna could not be contacted on the matter.

Meanwhile, a BJP leader alleged that the party central leadership told the state unit not to contest assembly by-election to Aizawl West-I seat due to misappropriation of fund during the assembly election held in November last year.

The mass resignation of BJP leaders is likely to have an impact on the BJP’s prospect as the party has no strong base in this Christian state. It will also have impact on the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as many party workers will vote for other parties.

The mass resignation, on the other hand, is likely to bring fortune to the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) because many of the leaders, who have influential power are joining the regional parties with other workers, sources said.

The BJP opened its account in Mizoram after winning Chakma dominated Tuichawn seat in state assembly elections last year. The party had contested 39 seats and got a vote share of 8%.

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