By Rupesh Dutta NEW DELHI/AIZAWL,
Cong legislator, who switched to the BJP in 2015, said people of the State gave ample opportunities to Congress and MNF but have been repeatedly disappointed.
FEELING betrayed by the Congress, people in Mizoram see Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “messiah” of development and the BJP as their “last hope”, claims Nirupam Chakma, the BJP’s first Lok Sabha candidate from the North-Eastern State. The five-time Congress legislator, who switched to the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2015, said people of the State gave ample opportunities to the Congress as well as the regional Mizo National Front (MNF) but have been repeatedly disappointed.
“It won’t be wrong to say the BJP is the last ray of hope for the people of Mizoram. The Congress has failed them and they will not elect a Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha polls,” Chakma told ‘PTI’ in an interview. People in the State, he said, want to give a chance to the Modi-led BJP. It is their last hope to see Mizoram tread new paths in development and be put on the same pedestal as high growth States such as Maharashtra and Gujarat, Chakma said. “People’s opinion about the BJP is changing for good in Mizoram and this time they want to elect a BJP candidate. I can confidently say they won’t be disappointed,” he added.
Mizoram, which goes to the polls on April 11, was part of Assam until 1972 when it was carved out as a Union Territory. It became India’s 23rd State on February 20, 1987. Since then, the lone Lok Sabha seat in the State has been held by either the Congress or the MNF. The BJP, with its Hindutva brand of politics, has never been a serious contender in the Christian dominated State.