The nearly-complete post-poll alliance between the Mizo National Front (MNF) and Indian National Congress to form the new executive body in the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) seems have not gone down well with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with its Mizoram unit president Vanlalhmuaka, taking a dig at the parties terming it an “unholy alliance”.
“Nothing but hunger for power was behind the unholy alliance. We cannot expect a development-centric government from an alliance of power-hungry parties,” Vanlalhmuaka said at a party function in Aizawl, on May 18.
Accusing the Congress party of playing double-standards, Vanlalhmuaka said, “The Congress members of district council (MDCs) joined hands with MNF just a day after the party headquarters said the party’s MDCs would sit in the opposition bench. Even though we are the largest single party, we never played dirty politics to grab power.”
He further termed Congress president Lalsawta’s statement of a show cause notice being served to the four Congress members as “an attempt to save face”.
He said the MNF party also compromised with dignity by surrendering the CEM berth to the Congress party which won four seats, and termed the coalition as an “insult” to the election verdict.
Though MNF is part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre and also a constituent of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in the region, the two parties don’t have a power-sharing pact in Mizoram.
“The people’s mandate given to BJP has not been respected. It is an insult to the Mara people. As per the state election commission notification, we staked claim on May 12 to form government in MADC, but we are yet to receive any response from Raj Bhawan,” said the Mizoram BJP chief.
He further said that if the elected members from other parties want development in Mara ADC, the BJP welcomes them with open arms.
Mara district BJP president M Laikaw said that the saffron party had chosen to be in the opposition bench as the mandate of the people was a hung house. He expressed doubts that the Congress-MNF coalition government might not be a stable one as it is formed for mere political gains.
Meanwhile, nominee of the Congress-MNF alliance N Viakhu was elected as the new chairman in Siaha on May 18. He secured 13 votes while the BJP nominee and former chief executive member (CEM) N Zakhai got 11 votes.
The council session was adjourned sine die by the new chairman until the state governor fixes the date of the election to the vice chairman.