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Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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Congress members merge with BJP in Mizoram autonomous council

Congress members merge with BJP in Mizoram autonomous council
June 26
14:21 2019

NET Bureau

All the 20 Congress members of a tribal council in Mizoram have recently merged with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form its next executive committee.

Chief executive member N Zakhai of Mara Autonomous Development Council (MADC) wrote to its chairperson H Sahlo last week informing about the merger with the BJP, which has two members.

Fifteen Congress members of MADC signed the decision to merge with the BJP, while five others gave consent over the phone. The Congress members include three who have been nominated.

“All the 17 elected Congress members and three nominated have merged with the BJP and we have formed the executive committee of MADC,” Mizoram BJP president JV Hluna said.

“The Congress legislators were being pressurized by Mizo National Front, the ruling party in the state, to merge with them. But instead of merging with a regional party the Congress legislators decided to join the BJP, which is ruling at the Centre,” he added.

The MADC is one of the three autonomous district councils in Mizoram. Last year, members of the BJP and Congress had come together to rule the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in the state.

According to a news report, the Congress members’ decision was also motivated by the Centre’s promise to amend the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to provide more autonomy and direct funding to autonomous district councils.

Source: Hindustan Times

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