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MNF not to snap ties with NDA over Forest Act

Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Monday said that the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) party will not snap ties with the NDA over the issue of the passage of the Forest (Conservation) Amendment Act, 2023 though the party opposed the legislation.

Reacting to opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma’s insistence during the debate on a resolution opposing the amendment act in the state assembly that the MNF should leave the BJP-led NDA if the ruling party really opposed the bill, Zoramthanga said that his party supports and opposes the alliance on issue bases. 

In an apparent dig at Lalduhoma, the Chief Minister said that the MNF does not leave and join political alliances on the spur of the moment or on a particular issue, but rather supports or opposes from the inside.

Lalduhoma, a former Lok Sabha member is known for forming or joining a plethora of political parties during his political career since 1984. 

Zoramthanga said that he was contacted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah through the Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asking him to oppose No-Confidence motion on Manipur issue moved by the opposition alliance.

“I replied that we will support the no-trust motion and that we have instructed both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sahba members from the state to support the motion in both houses of the Parliament. When he asked me to at least abstain, I flatly said no,” he said.

He said that the 2 Mizo MPs belonging to the MNF supported the no-confidence motion in both houses of the Parliament due to the current turmoil in neighbouring Manipur.

He said that there are two groups in the Indian political scenario and in the Parliament – the NDA and the Congress-led UPA – and the MNF, which opposes the Congress party, joined the other group.

“We have to be in one of the alliances rather than having our MPs sitting alone unattached to any alliances in the Parliament,” he said, however, adding that being in the NDA does not restrict them from raising their voices in issues detrimental to the interests of the people of Mizoram. 

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