Aizawl: Former Mizoram Minister of State Dr. K. Beichhua, who resigned as legislator on Friday formally joined the BJP and was inducted in the saffron party by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs John Barla on Friday night in Aizawl.
Five members of district council (MDCs) in Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC), known to be close to Beichhua, and instrumental in toppling the Mizo National Front (MNF)-Congress coalition government in MADC by defecting from MNF to BJP, including the council chairman N. Viakhu, have already joined the BJP earlier.
T Lalengthanga, Adviser of the MNF general headquarters also was among those who joined the saffron party with Beichhua. Lalengthanga is reportedly tipped to contest from Chakma-dominated West Tuipui assembly seat on BJP tcket.
Replying to questions from journalists after being inducted into BJP, Beichhua said that he joined the saffron party as it will continue to rule the country and there can be no development without the help of the central government.
“I joined the BJP as I want development for Mizoram,” he said, adding that he had discussed several issues with the BJP leaders including taking over of the Zoram Medical College by the central government.
On the BJP being branded as Hindu nationalist party, Beichhua said that Hindus are majority in the country and Mizoram will continue to be in India. “Even if the Congress party comes to power at the centre, the government will still be in the hands of Hindus, so there is no need to be alarmed or indulge in a blame game,” he added.
Besides Barla, Nagaland Deputy CM Yanthungo Patton, Assam Dy. Speaker Numal Momim, BJP National Secretary and NE Jt. Co-ordinator Rituraj Sinha, Tripura State BJP legislator Sambhu Lal Chakma and the lone BJP legislator in Mizoram state assembly Dr. B.D. Chakma attended the function of Beichhua’s induction ceremony.
Beichhua, who was elected from Siaha assembly constituency for the second consecutive term in 2018 assembly polls, was inducted as Minister of State for Excise and Narcotics. However, he was asked by state Chief Minister Zoramthanga to tender his resignation on December 11, 2022, and he submitted his resignation to the Chief Minister the next day. He was expelled from the MNF on January 25 this year for ‘anti-party activities.
He was accused of being hobnobbing with the BJP leaders while being MNF Minister and instrumental in toppling the MNF-Congress coalition government in the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) and installation of the BJP government through defection of some MNF members of district council (MDCs) loyal to him.