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Nov 20 2018


BJP Says Open To Tying Up With Congress Chief Minister In Mizoram

In the small hill state of Mizoram, where both the ruling Congress and main opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) are trying hard to prove their 'anti-BJP' credentials, the BJP is hinting at alliancing with the leaders of these parties.
The BJP has never won an assembly election in Mizoram. The state with a population of about 10 lakh, including nearly 7.68 lakh voters, is seen by the party as the "final frontier" in the North-East as it is in power in all other states of the region -- either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties.

BJP president Amit Shah recently declared that Mizoram, a Christian-majority state, will celebrate Christmas this December under the BJP rule.

Assam's Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the BJP's in charge for Mizoram elections, suggested that the party is keeping all its options open. While Congress remains a rival, the party could explore post-polls options with Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, said Mr Sarma.

"It is not like that MNF is the only option for post poll alliance," he said.

He told NDTV, "I say this because in Mizoram, Congress has a separate constitution. It has a unique history. As a party, its constitution different the rest of the country. Lal Thanhawla takes independent decisions. We are friendly with the chief minister as an individual."

With days left for the elections, Congress and the MNF are going all out to woo the voters.

Mr Sarma said that BJP workers in the state are trying their best and the party is hopeful of getting seats beyond its expectations.

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