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BJP yields to MZP pressure, withdraws candidacy of Mizo woman married to non-Mizo

Massive rally protests candidacy of Mizo woman married to non-Mizo, organised by MZP on Friday

Aizawl: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has succumbed to the pressure from the Mizo Zirlai Pawl, Mizoram’s leading students’ organisation, by withdrawing the candidacy of one of its four female nominees, who happens to be married to a non-Mizo.

Judy Zohmingliani was all set to contest the Tuivawl assembly constituency on the BJP ticket in the upcoming election for the 40-member Mizoram legislative assembly scheduled for November 7.

On Thursday night, the BJP announced its decision, citing compliance with the directives of the influential student body due to her marriage to a non-tribal individual.

In a letter addressed to the president/general secretary of the MZP, BJP state president Vanlalhmuaka stated that the central leadership of the saffron party’s initial decision to field Judy Zohmingliani had been cancelled by the state unit due to her marriage to an Anglo-Indian.

Vanlalhmuaka conveyed to the MZP leadership that Zohmingliani would not be running in the upcoming state Assembly elections on the BJP ticket.

Moreover, he expressed the BJP’s support for the MZP’s efforts to safeguard the people of Mizoram and affirmed the state unit’s commitment to protecting the Mizo people and their religion, as well as contributing to the state’s development.

Meanwhile, the MZP on Friday organised a massive procession in Aizawl to protest against the candidacy of Meriam L Hrangchal, who is also married to a non-Mizo and is running on the Congress ticket.

During the rally, the MZP passed a three-point resolution, reiterating their opposition to Mizo women married to non-Mizos sitting in the state’s assembly. The resolution also urged Mizo voters not to support any Mizo female candidate married to a non-Mizo and promised to continue their fight until the end.”

The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), however, stuck to its guns on fielding of Meriam L. Hrangchal on the ticket of the grand old party in Lunglei South assembly seat. Hrangchal filed her nominations on Thursday.

Defying the MZP’s diktat, the Indian National Congress had fielded Meriem L Hrangchal, who has a non-Mizo spouse, to contest from Lunglei South assembly seat and expressed the party’s decision to go ahead with her candidature.

Hrangchal is the daughter of a late former Deputy CM Lalhmingthanga, a prominent politician.

Her husband, though a Gorkha, has a Mizo name – D. Zoliana and is not only a Christian but also a church elder of the Baptist Church of Mizoram.  

The Congress party has maintained that Hrangchal’s husband and his relatives have been descendants of the Gorkhas who have been residing in the state before 1950 and are not only Indian citizens, but bona fide residents of Mizoram and it “accepted him as a Mizo.” 

Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Lalsawta, justifying her candidacy said that the party decided to field Meriam Hrangchal as she is a great asset for Mizoram and the Congress party.

In response to this argument, the MZP strongly maintains that the Mizo identity is inherent in one’s blood and cannot be earned simply by residing in Mizoram for a certain period of time. The MZP contends that Meriam’s husband, Deepen Zoliana, is a Gorkha by blood. 

Hrangchal had filed nominations in Lunglei on Thursday.

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