Mizoram Governor Lt Gen. (retd) Nirbhay Sharma has not yet given approval to the BJP-Congress alliance government formation at the Chakma Autonomous District Council in Lawngtlai district of south Mizoram.
On 26th April, the BJP leaders, including three elected members, met the Governor to stake claim for government formation. But the Governor has not yet given approval to the BJP-Congress alliance. This is largely because even the State BJP is against this strange alliance.
BJP and Congress are sworn enemies and BJP seeks to eliminate Congress from the political map of India (Congress-mukt Bharat). In Northeast, BJP leads a loosely knit coalition of like-minded parties, the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) which includes the MNF.
Immediately after the CADC polls results were declared which placed MNF as the single largest party with 8 seats, while Congress and BJP won 6 seats and 5 seats respectively, both BJP State President J V Hluna and MNF President Zoramthanga have agreed to form BJP-MNF coalition government in CADC. But disregarding the high command, the local leaders of both the parties stitched an alliance which has not been accepted by the state and central leadership.
Now, BJP state president J V Hluna has ruled out an alliance either with the Congress or the MNF. “We have not yet formed a post-poll alliance with either the Congress or the MNF. We only formed the BJP Legislature Party which can be joined by the Congress or the MNF if they wish to do so,” Hluna told The Telegraph on Saturday.
But BJP with 5 Member of District Councils (MDCs) cannot itself form the government which needs a simple majority of 11 MDCs. Therefore, the statement of Hluna only implies that the BJP wants the 6 Congress MDCs to either merge with the BJP or start a new party. BJP government can also be formed with outside support by either MNF or Congress.
On the other hand, on Saturday, the MNF has also submitted a petition to the Governor to appoint its CADC chief Rashik Mohan Chakma as Chief Executive Member. Interesting, the MNF also claims to have the required numbers to form the government.
As The Kamalanagar Times reported, after no party got majority in the election results declared on 24th April, an agreement was reached the next day between the MDCs of the Congress and BJP to form a Joint Legislature Party (JLP) headed by Shanti Jiban Chakma (CADC BJP President) and Buddha Lila Chakma (elected councillor of Congress) as deputy leader. As per the agreement, which has not been made public yet, Shanti Jiban Chakma will become the Chief Executive Member, the administrative head of the Council, the sources said.
Mizoram’s Cabinet Minister and Congress leader Zodintluanga confirmed the post-poll alliance of the Congress and the BJP but the BJP high command refused to accept this alliance with the Congress which is not without ramifications within Mizoram which goes to polls later this year and this sends a wrong message to BJP cadres across the country as the BJP cannot be seen in togetherness with the Congress.
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