Paradoxically, ‘Minority appeasement’ tag catches up with BJP in Mizoram?

Paradoxically, ‘Minority appeasement’ tag catches up with BJP in Mizoram?

Aizawl, Nov 5: In unprecedented set of developments in poll-bound Mizoram, now it is the turn of the BJP to get a tag of being a 'minority appeasement' party as the native Mizo organisations and even state BJP leaders are 'unhappy' with the manner Brus or Reang minority tribe is being handled.

"I should have said it; this is a case of minority appeasement and this 'ouster' CEO Sashank and local Mizo Home Secretary transfer episode is seen as an appeasement policy towards Brus. This may affect BJP prospects in Mizoram," Rev H Lalruata, BJP candidate from Lunglei East and a former pastor, told UNI here.

Lalruata, a former Minister under both MNF and Congress regimes, said "the BJP has good prospects....people of Mizoram laud Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But the sacking of a Mizo Home Secretary Lalnunmawaia Chuaungo, a Gujarat cadre native Mizo IAS officer just weeks before polls will give a wrong signal. It may harm us. In some areas, BJP may not be able to fight out the new situation".

To a question, he said "Humbly I think, BJP central leadership should realise that the decision of the EC to transfer the officer must be revisited".

He further said, he could soon talk to senior BJP leaders like Himanta Biswa Sarma and Ram Madhav for their intervention.

He said contrary to allegations, the BJP is not anti-Christian.

"The Constitution of India is clear. No single party can promote a single religion. What you get to hear about BJP is only a propaganda by our rivals," he said adding "through Constitution all religions in India are safe".

"I joined the BJP in 2015 through online," he said adding he was actually impressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development plank and especially by his "close friendship with the US and Israel".

"I was impressed by Modi's personal friendship and a special bond with Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu," he remarked adding there are a number of Mizos who pray in Synagogue and believe they are the 'lost tribe' of Israel.

The Congress were pro-Russia and Mizos were not very happy about it, he maintained.

"So when I spoke to my Mizo friends about my decision, many said I am taking a right decision. Even Church leaders told me I should join the BJP," he said on ground, many practicing pastors have also extended their "support to me".

In fact, he said he will enlist the help of some Christian leaders in their personal capacity to campaign for him in Lunglei East constituency.

Lalruata said he has seen both the MNF and the Congress from close range and find both failing the people of Mizoram.

"The MNF is no longer the party it used to be under Late leader Laldenga. MNF is good for nothing now. MNF has not stood with their policy, they look for rich people".

Answering questions, Rev Lalruata said, his main complaint is against the leadership of MNF chief and former Chief Minister Zoramthanga. "He is speaking too much and people no longer believe him".

Asked how as a former Congressman under Lalthanhawla, he has seen 'corruption' thriving, Rev Lalruata said: "During that time, there was no much corruption. I was with the Congress from 1993 to 1998 and things changed only later".

The BJP leader said even in the case of Chakma leader B D Chakma, the saffron party leadership has shown hurry in giving him the ticket after he joined the BJP only in October. "I will say, it was in hurry. At times, they need to consult locals as for years and months,other BJP workers were also working hard and expecting the tickets".

Rev Lalruata is now a BJP candidate from Lunglei East and has virtually given ‘political legitimacy’ to the saffron party – known for its proximity to organisations such as RSS believing in the concept of Hindu Rashtra.

Besides him, the BJP has given ticket to another 'missionary' leader Rev L R Colney from Aizawl West I. Till recently, the BJP had huge organisational weakness in the state.

However, there is a changed political dynamics in north east in last few years as the Lotus party has made its presence felt in Christian-dominated Nagaland winning as many as 12 seats out of only 20 seats it contested.

In Meghalaya too, there are two BJP legislators. The BJP shares power with regional parties like NPP and others in Manipur as well while in February elections this year could capture power in Tripura.

During his visit to Aizawl last month, BJP chief Amit Shah also shared staged with Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton of his party to drive home the point that Nagas, also committed Christians, are voting for the party. (UNI)