Mizoram: BJP State President Says Hindutva BJP’s Biggest Challenge in State
John V Hluna also said that the party’s central leaders did not pay enough attention to the state either.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not is trying to gain a foothold in Mizoram, a state where it has never won a seat in the 40-member assembly. John V Hluna, BJP’s state president, said that the party’s Hindutva tag could hurt its chances in the assembly elections held on November 28.
Speaking to Reuters, Hluna said, “It (the biggest challenge for the BJP) is basically Hindutva. Even in (church) prayer meetings, they say let’s pray so that the BJP does not come to power. At a church service I attended in Saitual, someone said such and such number of Christians died and were persecuted after the BJP came to power in 2014, and in 2016 and 2017, etc.”
Hluna also acknowledged that while the people were hopeful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP would live up to its pre-poll promise of bringing in development in the state, none of the central BJP leaders had visited the state as much as the party’s state unit wanted them to, ahead of the elections.
Stating that he was not satisfied with the support he was receiving from the central leaders of the party, Hluna added, “They are not coming (to the state) like we want them to and our sentiment is almost hurt by it… No national leader has visited my constituency. We do feel we are not given enough importance.”
In the Lok Sabha, Mizoram has only one representative. The counting for the Mizoram assembly elections will be held on December 11, in tandem with the counting for the other four states — Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.