BJP aiming at organisation building in Mizoram: Himanta

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GUWAHATI, Nov 21: Even as BJP national president is dreaming for a Congress Mukt Northeast by winning the assembly elections in Christian-dominated Mizoram, Assam finance minister and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said BJP is only focusing on organisation building and not on government formation in Mizoram.

Mizoram is scheduled to go to polls on November 28. “We are not discussing the formation of the government. We don’t know, how the election will be. Let us see. But, as of now, the first priority in Mizoram is that we should have candidates and booth committees all over the state. So our focus on Mizoram is completely different,” Sarma told reporters here.

Sarma also said BJP has very limited space in Mizoram. “We are working in Mizoram with a very limited space and let us see how much seats we get four, five or six and that is our whole estimate,” Sarma said.

Notably, kicking off the election campaign, BJP national president Amit Shah said the people of the Christian majority state will celebrate Christmas this December under BJP rule.

Talking about any possible tie-up with Congress in Mizoram to form the government, Sarma said the Congress party in the state has a different constitution and they are not similar to the Congress party in Delhi.

“So as we are concerned about the situation after the elections, it depends on how much seats we will get. We are not a big party in Mizoram. We are contesting in limited seats. Depending on our results. We can discuss with them,” he said.

“I think that Mizoram elections will be mainly between two major parties, Congress and Mizo National Front (MNF). We are trying to increase our vote percentage. For the first time, we have put 40 candidates in Mizoram. For BJP, it is more important for organisation building in Mizoram,” he said.


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