Aizawl: Mizoram chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga on Tuesday made a counter-allegation against opposition Congress and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) that they have joined hands with the BJP.
The counter-allegation came in the wake of opposition raising the issue of the MNF-NDA ties.
Addressing a poll campaign in Lawngtlai town in southern part of the state, Zoramthanga said the Congress had worked with its arch rival BJP at the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) by forming a combine government.
Hitting out at ZPM, he said both the presidents of Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC), which are the members of ZPM had signed agreement before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls declaring their allegiance to the NDA.
He said that ZNP was closer to NDA than the MNF when its president Lalduhoma signed separate agreement with the NDA after 2014 polls.
He said that the ZNP had joined hands with the BJP in the state assembly by-polls to Aizawl North-III seat in 2013 and Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections.
The former rebel leader alleged that the ZPM and Congress were raising the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue to spread anti-MNF feeling because they have no other issues to raise as their poll agenda.
Citizenship bill has become one of the main poll planks of ZPM-Congress combine this time.
Zoramthanga said that Congress president Lal Thanhawla and ZPM leader Lalduhoma have only raised the citizenship bill issue to Kolkata rather than Delhi. He claimed that his party was the only political party in the state that had raised strong voice against the bill.
He added that he had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, informing them that the people of Mizoram along with the Northeast have strongly opposed to the bill. “The state government was so strongly opposed to the citizenship bill that the state cabinet and assembly had passed resolutions, expressing its unequivocal opposition to the bill,” he added.
Zoramthanga also reiterated that his party would withdraw support to the BJP led NEDA if the NDA government re-introduce the CAB and enact it. The MNF chief also appealed to voters to vote for party nominee for lone Lok Sabha seat C Lalrosanga for development and change in the state.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by MNF said that is president Zoramthanga has inducted 1150 new voters into the party in Lawngtlai on Tuesday.