Jolt for Congress in Mizoram, Speitz quit party, joins BJP


Prior to the survey of the congregation, in great shock for the ruling Congress, Mizoram, Speaker Hiphea's assembly resigned on Monday from the position and party before joining BJP.

Hiphei is the fifth legislator of the ruling Congress in Mizoram, who resigned from home and party from September.

Mizoram is the only state in eight in the north-east ruled by Congress. The surveys will belong to the 40-person Mizoram gathering on November 28.

On Monday morning, the seven-time Congressman of the Congress said he had sent his letter of resignation to Vice-President R. Lalrinawma, who accepted it.

Hiphei then went to the Bhavan Congress, the seat of the state party and gave up the party's original membership.

"I was in a precarious situation even after AICC announced my name to challenge surveys from the Palak district (in the Siaha district)," Hiphei later told the media, expressing his dislike of the head of government and the president of the Mizoram Pradesh Lal Thanhawli Congress.

"I would be challenged from the Palak circle on the Bharatiya Janata Party ticket," he said, adding BJP in alliance with local parties, creating a coalition government in this state.

"Congress will be defeated and BJP will provide at least five places in the polls of the 40-member Mizoram assembly," said the BJP Congress leader.

Hiphei was elected to the Mizoram Congregation from the Palak district in 2013 and won the assembly elections six times in 1972-1989 from Tuipang.

In Guwahati, chairman of the North-Eastern Democrats with BJP (NEDA) and minister Assam, Himant Biswa Sarma, he said: "Hyphei is a very senior leader in Mizorama, and his joining BJP would significantly strengthen the party."

The leaders of the BJP in Mizoram have probably stated that they will make every effort to vote at the Congress in order to "paint the northeastern color of saffron."

The BJP has made intense efforts to acquire a state dominated by Christians after it formed governments alone or in alliance with the allies in the other six North-East states.

Meanwhile, the ruling Congress, which rules the state, except for ten years – 1998-2003 and 2003-2008 – since it became a full-fledged state in 1987, has suffered a major defeat in the last two months.

The leader of the senior Congress and Interior Minister R. Lalzirlian and three seated lawmakers, Lalrinliana Sailo, Buddha Dhan Chakma, both former ministers and Hmingdailova Khiangte resigned from the party.

While Lalzirliana and Sailo joined the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), and Chakma joined BJP, Khiangte said he would compete as an independent.

After Hiphea's resignation, the strength of Congress in a 40-person house is reduced to 29, and the MNF has six legislators. Five posts are free after the resignation of the five legislators of the Congress.

The MNF, the local party that ruled the country for two terms (1998-2003 and 2003-2008), is also confident that it will form a government that supports other local parties.

Both BJP and MNF have not yet announced participation in the preliminary survey or the survey, but political circles predict that they can support each other in forming a government after the election.

MNF is a component of NEDA managed by BJP.

President BJP Amit Shah has already visited the neighboring state and asked party workers last month. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the state on November 18 to campaign for saffron.


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