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Lalrinliana Sailo embarks on a new adventure with BJP

Aizawl: In a not so surprising development, Lalrinliana Sailo, who resigned as Mizoram legislative assembly speaker and legislator on Wednesday said that the BJP will not be able to form the next government on its own, but will be in the government in the state after the election to the state legislature to be held on November 7.

Sailo, following his resignation left the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and joined the BJP.

Addressing the saffron party workers at ‘Atal Bhavan’ the BJP state unit office in Aizawl on Thursday afternoon, Sailo, who formally joined the saffron party, said that no single political party will form the next government and the BJP will be the main deciding factor.

The BJP, which managed to open an account in the state assembly polls in 2018 by having one candidate elected, will now have at least 5 to 8 MLAs in the coming polls to the 40-member state assembly, he predicted.

“The state finance is in an extremely bad shape heading for serious crisis,” the former speaker said, adding that Mizoram needs strong financial assistance and bail-out by the central government.

The NDA is going to rule the country for a long time, he said. “I joined the BJP for the love of the state and the people,” he said.

He accused the MNF of being against the saffron party in the state politics but extremely close to the NDA at the centre. He also alleged that central schemes are poorly implemented in the state. 

Sailo is the eighth legislator to resign in the run-up of the coming assembly polls. Five independent MLAs set to contest on Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) have resigned en masse on Wednesday while Congress MLA K.T. Rokhaw, elected from Palak seat in 2018 assembly polls resigned as legislator on October 3 and joined the MNF a day later to contest from the same constituency on MNF ticket.

Former Minister of State Dr. K. Beichhua, who resigned as a minister on December 12, 2022 and expelled from the party due to ‘anti-party activities’ also resigned as MLA on October 6 and joined the BJP on the same day. He is all set to contest from Siaha assembly seat, his home turf as candidate of the saffron party. 

Lalrinliana Sailo has been elected to the State Assembly four times, three times on the Congress ticket and once on an MNF ticket. He was consecutively elected three times from the same constituency, Tuichang (formerly Khawzawl), starting in 2003.

When Congress returned to power in 2008, he was appointed as a minister but was later removed from the ministerial position during the second Congress term from 2013. He switched sides to the Mizo National Front a few months before the 2018 elections and successfully secured the Chalfilh seat.

His clash with the MNF leadership appeared to have originated from a speech he delivered while in the United States, in which he expressed his desire to join the BJP.

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