'Won't share stage with Modi in election campaign': Mizoram CM Zoramthanga
Mizoram's Chief Minister, Zoramthanga, refuses to share the campaign stage with Prime Minister Modi due to concerns about BJP's stance on Christian issues in Manipur, which could harm his party's prospects in the predominantly Christian state of Mizoram. Despite their national-level alliance, the MNF will not collaborate with the BJP in Mizoram.
Mizoram's Chief Minister, Zoramthanga, has made it clear that he will not share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the upcoming campaign in Mizoram. This statement comes ahead of the state's elections.
In an interview with the BBC, Chief Minister Zoramthanga explained his decision, citing concerns over the BJP's stance on Christian issues in the neighbouring state of Manipur. He emphasized that, since the majority of Mizoram's population is Christian, supporting the BJP could lead to a backlash against his party, the Mizo National Front (MNF). He clarified that while his party is part of the NDA alliance at the national level, there is no such alliance in the state.
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Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to visit Mamit town in Mizoram on October 30 to campaign for BJP candidates. Zoramthanga expressed that the people of Mizoram, predominantly Christians, strongly opposed the burning of churches in Manipur by the Meitei community. He believes that his party's association with the BJP at this time could be detrimental.
Zoramthanga suggested that it would be better for the Prime Minister to hold separate rallies, allowing him to take the stage independently. Despite being an NDA ally at the national level, MNF will not collaborate with the BJP in Mizoram.