TNT News | October 23, 2018
The decision of the BJP to send prominent Tripura leaders from the Chakma Community has embarrassed certain quarters of the BJP in Mizoram. It maybe mentioned that there is a divide amongst the Chakma Community and the majority Mizo communities in the state.
Santana Chakma, the young minister in the Biplab Deb Cabinet in Tripura along with well known singer and now MLA Shambhu Chakma will be visiting the state which goes to polls next month.
” The decision to send them to Chakma areas I can understand but we are not comfortable with them in our areas which are Mizo dominated”, said a probable candidate on the condition of anonymity. Several other leaders from the BJP are worried because of the constant demand of Chakmaland in Mizoram which both MNF and Congress are opposed to vehemently .
The total Chakma population of Mizoram is estimated to be more than 100,000 and they belong to the Theravada Buddhist religion in this Christian majority state.
Ram Madhav has said that BJP will contest in all the 40 seats in Mizoram despite MNF being their NEDA partner .
The Congress has alleged that the MNF is a front of the BJP as has been seen in other Christian dominated Northeastern states where the BJP uses a proxy to form the Government.