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BJP bigwigs set for Mizoram campaign trail

Aizawl: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda are set to grace the campaign trail in poll-bound Mizoram as star campaigners, aiming to garner support for the saffron party’s candidates.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday presented the Election Commission of India with a comprehensive list of 40 eminent figures designated as the party’s star campaigners for the upcoming elections to the 40-member Mizoram legislative assembly. This high-profile roster includes not only Modi, Shah, and Nadda but also other prominent leaders within the party.

The formal communication, addressed to Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, was duly signed by BJP National General Secretary Arun Singh. In the letter, it was stated “The 40 people were selected by the party to participate in ‘election campaign pertaining to the current election to the legislative assembly in the state of Mizoram”.

The esteemed group of star campaigners boasts an array of influential saffron party leaders, including Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Sarbananda Sonowal, Smriti Zubin Irani, Himananta Biswa Sarma, and Kiren Rijiju. Several of these star campaigners hail from the northeastern states, underscoring the party’s commitment to representing the region’s interests. Notably, figures like John Barla, a Union Minister with Christian affiliations, as well as other Christian BJP leaders from the region, were included in this select list.

Within Mizoram’s BJP state unit, prominent leaders who are set to play a pivotal role in the campaign include President Vanlalhmuaka, former Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo (who recently defected from the Mizo National Front to join the saffron party), Dr. B.D. Chakma, the sole BJP legislator in the state, former Minister of State Dr. K. Beichhua, and Mara Autonomous District Council Chief Executive Member M. Laikaw.

As the polling date draws near, the election atmosphere in the state is reaching its zenith, with just 18 days remaining. Leaders and candidates from all five political parties are actively engaging with the electorate. However, it is noteworthy that, to date, the senior BJP leaders have not yet embarked on their campaign trail in the state, with the exception of the party’s in-charge and a few leaders from other states in the region.

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