In another setback for the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram, 16 party leaders, including Chakma district MNF youth president Molin Kumar Chakma quit the party and joined BJP in the Chakma area in the southern part of the state, BJP sources said.
The leaders were inducted in a function held at the party office in Chawngte Kamalanagar in Lawngtlai district, the sources said.
Chakma veteran politician and former state minister Nirupam Chakma and former legislator Alak Bikash Chakma were present at the function.
Former president of the District School Education Board (DSEB) of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), Molin Kumar Chakma contested the last council polls in 2018.
Earlier, he was in the BJP and also held the District President post in BJP CADC during 2002-2004. He worked in the Central Young Chakma Association (CYCA) as Senior Vice-President from 2011 to 2016. He actively worked and led the Chakma District MNF Youth Front as President for 4 years beginning in 2018.
The other 15 MNF Unit leaders who joined the BJP hail from various Village Councils such as Bajeisora, Baganpara, Ugudasury ‘N’ and Montola which fall under the 4-Bajeisora MDC constituency.
Joining the saffron party, Molin Kumar Chakma said that when MNF was in the opposition in CADC for 10 years they had mocked the Congress government for constantly changing the Chief Executive Member (CEM) in CADC and called the CADC Congress leaders corrupted.
“Now those former Congress leaders have joined the Chakma District MNF and are ruling the Council. Due to constant internal squabbles, the people of CADC have already witnessed 5 CEMs and there is no stability in the MNF-led CADC government,” he said, adding that he sees no future prospect for the MNF.