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Congress-led Mizoram Secular Alliance emerges

MPCC president Lalsawta (file photo)

Aizawl: In a noteworthy stride towards preserving the nation’s secular ideals, the Mizoram Secular Alliance, led by the Congress and bolstered by like-minded parties and NGOs, takes its inaugural steps.

Dr Lallianchhunga, chairman of the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) media department, announced the alliance’s formal establishment on Thursday, highlighting its commitment to unity.

As of now, besides the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee, the Mizoram Secular Alliance includes the People’s Conference (PC) and the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), splinter group of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM). 

“We expect that all the other political parties, excepting the BJP and NDA ally will join the Mizoram Secular Alliance as well as the NGOs who are interested in safeguarding the secular fabric of the country,” he said.

Addressing the press at the Aizawl Press Club, former legislator John Siamkunga, the convener of the Mizoram Secular Alliance, voiced strong sentiments about the alliance’s purpose and concerns. 

Siamkunga criticised the BJP-led central government, accusing it of harboring a concealed agenda aimed at transforming India into a Hindu kingdom.

Preamble of the Indian Constitution declares India to be a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic, he said, adding that the BJP and fundamental Hindu organisations have been trying to omit ‘secular’ from the Preamble of the constitution. 

“In order to scrap the word ‘secular’ by amending the Preamble of the Constitution, the BJP has the numbers. However, it has to be ratified by at least 15 state legislative assemblies. The BJP now in power in 11 states and is making concerted political efforts to come to power in at least 15 states so that the word ‘secular’ can be scrapped by an amendment to the Preamble,” he said.

Siamkunga further stressed need for collective responsibility to obstruct legislative initiatives such as the proposed Uniform Civil Code (UCC), which could impede cultural diversity and religious practices of minorities. 

As religious persecution against Christians has been rising in the country after the BJP regime, the need of the hour is to form secular and anti-BJP alliances to stop implementation of the Hindutva agenda, he added

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