AIZAWL: The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram suffered a major setback as 16 party leaders, including Chakma district MNF youth president Molin Kumar Chakma, quit the party and joined BJP in the Chakma area, BJP sources said.
The 16 MNF deserter leaders were inducted in a function held at the BJP party office in Chawngte Kamalanagar in Lawngtlai district, in the southern part of the state, the sources added.
Former state minister and Chakma veteran politician Nirupam Chakma and former legislator Alak Bikash Chakma were present at the induction ceremony.
Another leader, Molin Kumar Chakma, the Chakma district MNF youth president and former president of the District School Education Board (DSEB) of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), had contested the last council polls in 2018.
Chakma was earlier in the BJP and also held the District President post in BJP CADC during 2002-2004. He worked in the Central Young Chakma Association (CYCA) as Senior Vice-President from 2011 to 2016. He actively worked and led the Chakma District MNF Youth Front as President for four years, starting 2018.
The other 15 MNF Unit leaders who joined the BJP hail from various Village Councils such as Bajeisora, Baganpara, Ugudasury 'N' and Montola, which fall under the 4-Bajeisora MDC constituency.
After joining the saffron party, Molin Kumar Chakma said that when MNF was in the opposition in CADC for 10 years they had mocked the Congress government for constantly changing the Chief Executive Member (CEM) in CADC and called the CADC Congress leaders corrupted.
"Now those former Congress leaders have joined the Chakma District MNF and are ruling the Council. Due to constant internal squabbles, the people of CADC have already witnessed 5 CEMs and there is no stability in the MNF-led CADC government," Chakma further said, while expressing his views on the bleak future prospects of the MNF.