Aizawl, April 24: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set its sights on the upcoming Assembly elections in Mizoram after its recent victory in the elections to the village councils of the Mara Autonomous Council.
The BJP won 14 out of 25 seats in the council, marking its first win in Mizoram. The party now aims to form the government in the state with a focused campaign in about 15-20 seats in the 40-member Assembly. The party has also started preparations for the upcoming elections to the Chakma Autonomous Council next month.
The BJP plans to have senior leaders, including Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union minister Smriti Irani, parliamentarian John Barla, and Tripura MLA Santana Chakma, campaign for the elections.
The party’s state unit leaders have also approached Home Minister Amit Shah to campaign. The BJP aims to warm up to the electorate of the Christian-majority state and showcase the welfare schemes that have helped the party win state after state.
The BJP’s state unit leaders have expressed their desire to be a part of the government in Mizoram, with a possible alliance with the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), which is also a constituent of the National Democratic Alliance in the Centre.
The BJP has been reaching out to church elders in the state, which saw significant protests during the introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Act in 2019-20, to win over the electorate. The party leaders claim to have a presence in the manuals of 32 of the state’s 40 Assembly constituencies.
The BJP has warmed up to the idea of an alliance with the MNF after realizing that it has a shot at forming a government in the state.
The BJP has one legislator in the state Assembly, and the party hopes to increase its presence in the upcoming elections. The party leaders believe that forming a government in Mizoram will help the BJP strengthen its hold in the Northeastern region.
The BJP has set its eyes on forming the government in Mizoram in the upcoming Assembly elections. The party is focusing on about 15-20 seats in the Assembly and has started preparations for the upcoming elections to the Chakma Autonomous Council.
With senior leaders scheduled to campaign for the elections, the BJP aims to win over the electorate of the Christian-majority state and showcase its welfare schemes. The BJP’s state unit leaders are open to the idea of an alliance with the ruling MNF, which will help the party strengthen its hold in the Northeastern region.