The legislative assembly election will be held on November 28 to elect members of the 40 constituencies in Mizoram.
- Congress veteran Lal Thanhawla will face MNF’s Zoramthanga in Mizoram elections
- In a Christian-majority state, it is going to be an uphill task for BJP to register a victory
- The BJP-led NDA is already ruling six of the seven north eastern states
Mizoram has generally been a bipolar contest between the Congress party and the Mizo National Front (MNF). This year, hence, it will be even tougher for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to play kingmaker — as it had failed to open its account in last assembly elections.
In the battle between the five-time chief minister and Congress veteran Lal Thanhawla and MNF chief Zoramthanga, BJP is the new catalyst.
Already ruling six of the seven north eastern states, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) hopes to play a balancing role in case the results throw up a hung assembly.
“We will win a particular number of seats without the support of which no government can be formed in Mizoram,” says Himanta Biswasarma, BJP’s chief architect in the region.
In a Christian-majority state, it is going to be an uphill task for a party that supports beef ban as part of its Hindutva agenda.
Zoramthanga is confident that BJP will draw a nil.
“The ideology of Hindutva and Christianity are poles apart, which is why the Church is against BJP. They have no chance, they will draw a nil,” Zoramthanga said.
However, Biswasarma has assured the BJP’s anti-Christian image was demolished in the state. “We have demolished the image that BJP is anti-Christian. Out of all the Christian-dominated states in the NE we have governments in three and people are living peacefully enjoying absolute freedom of religion,” he said.
Biswasarma added it was open to join hands with Congress veteran Lal Thanhawla if in his ‘individual capacity’ Thanhawla wants to form a government.
The legislative assembly elections will be held on November 28 to elect members of the 40 constituencies in the state.
News source: India Today