BJP state president of Kerala PS Sreedharan Pillai was appointed as the new governor of Mizoram on Friday Credit: File image 

Aizawl: Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and state’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Monday alleged that the Centre has made the tiny hill state a dumping ground for governors to push BJP leaders.

Speaking with EastMojo, Mizoram Congress media cell chairman and party spokesperson Lallianchhunga alleged that the NDA government led by the BJP is using the Christian dominated state as a dumping ground for BJP leaders to penetrate into and carve a niche in the state.

This comes after the Centre on Friday appointed Kerala BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai as the governor of Mizoram to replace Prof Jagdish Mukhi, who held the post as an additional charge with Assam.

Sreedharan Pillai is the third man from Kerala to occupy the top post after BJP leader Kummanam Rajashekaran and Vakkom Purushothaman.

Lallianchhunga further expressed that the state Congress is sceptical about Pillai’s appointment as the BJP is trying to make a stronghold in the Christian dominated Mizoram.

Adding to it, the Congress spokesperson said that the BJP led Centre is cunningly sending soft-spoken BJP leaders, who are adaptable to the locals, to Mizoram in order to pacify the Mizos who have blatant dislike for the BJP. In appointing Pillai as Mizoram governor, the BJP has no other intention but to penetrate into the state,” he said.

However, Lallianchhunga clarified that the Congress Party has no objection to Pillai’s personal character.

Meanwhile, MZP president L Ramdinliana Renthlei also alleged that the Centre is using Mizoram as dumping ground for governors. He said that at least nine governors were sacked and transferred in quick succession since the BJP came to power at the centre in 2014.

Renthlei further went on say that the student body welcomes anyone irrespective of their party affiliation but ‘Raj Bhavan’ should not be used for ‘musical chair’.

While welcoming Pillai’s appointment, Renthlei expressed that they strongly demanded the Centre not to transfer or sack governor in quick succession but give them a stable governor.

On April 7, 2015, the MZP had staged picketing in front of all central offices in Aizawl in protest against transferring and sacking of state governors in quick succession. At least seven governors were sacked and transferred by the Centre within nine months in that year.

The MZP had termed the spate of sackings and transfers of governors “disrespectful” and an indication of how the centre looks down upon Mizos.

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