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Would not share a stage with PM Modi: Zoramthanga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Zoramthanga (File photo)

Aizawl: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has said that he will not share a stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the latter comes to Mizoram for election campaign.

In an interview with BBC Hindi news service reporter Jugal, Zoramthanga said, “People here are all Christians…when they see what Meiteis did (Manipur) by burning hundreds of churches, to have sympathy with BJP is a big minus”. 

The chief minister said that if the Prime Minister comes by himself let him be in the platform alone which will be better.

He said that his Mizo National Front (MNF) party joins the BJP-led NDA at the centre and the NEDA in the northeast due to the fact that the MNF is against the Congress-led UPA, now INDIA and had to join the opposing alliance, the NDA.

“Indian government helped the refugees from the erstwhile East Pakistan, and even armed them to attain independence, I told the centre that we are just following their footsteps. We do not arm the refugees from Myanmar, but we provide them food and shelter,” he said.

He expressed the hope that sheltering the ethnic Mizo refuges and internally displaced people from Myanmar and Manipur respectively will help the MNF in the coming elections.

Addressing party workers at the celebrations of the 62nd anniversary of the formation of the MNF at ‘Hnam Run’ the party’s office in Aizawl, Zoramthanga said that he was instructed by the central government to withdraw the Mizoram Police from the Mizoram-Assam border. “I replied to them that I will rather resign as Chief Minister, rather than withdrawing our Police from the border,” he said.

He also said that his government defied the instruction to push back Myanmar refugees from the state. “If a state government, not baptised with nationalism, was in power, they might push our brothers and sisters back to Myanmar due to pressure from the central government like the Manipur government did,” he said. 

He added that the MNF government will continue to provide them shelter in defiance of the centre’s diktat.

 

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