In a major setback to the Chakma district BJP, a total of 479 BJP supporters have joined the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) in Chakma Council’s Parva MDC constituency.
The significant political development has taken place days after prominent leader and general secretary (organization) of the Chakma district BJP, Dangu Prityrup Chakma switched sides with the ruling party citing ‘loss of faith’ in the CDBJP leadership.
On Friday evening, a team of MNF comprising chief executive member (CEM) of Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) Dangu Rasik Mohan Chakma, his colleagues and other high level MNF leaders arrived at Parva.
Parva is located along the Indo-Mayanmar and Bangladesh borders, about 90 km from the council’s headquarters.
They were given a rousing welcome by a large number of villagers with flowers and garlands amidst chants of pro-MNF slogans.
“All the 479 new members were inducted formally during a mass induction programme. Incidentally, it was the CEM’s maiden tour to the constituency after assuming office in the later part of 2018,” the Mizo National Front Kamalanagar said in a statement.
The Parva constituency, that comprises 6 villages – Parva I, Parva III, Parva IV, Bundukbanga, Gobasury and Siminasora, with 1970 voters, is currently represented by Congress-turned-MNF MDC Dangu Mohan Chakma.
Changma holds the charge of rural development, road transport and waterways under Rasik Mohan Chakma-led government.
The latest political development is remarkable and unprecedented in the sense that Dangu Prityrup, who had contested the 2018 CADC poll on BJP ticket, was the most formidable political opponent of Dangu Mohan Chakma.
“With Prityrup and all his 479 supporters’ exit from BJP to join hands with MNF, Parva has now officially become an opposition-free constituency,” the statement said.
The mass joining has drawn a euphoric response from the CADC MNF leaders. Speaking to media, Dangu Rasik Mohan Chakma has expressed intense happiness over the fast growing public support and faith of the masses in his government.
He attributed the achievements and success of his government to the “public welfare policies” coupled with the dynamic leadership and far-sighted vision of his team.
On being asked what prompted him to join the MNF soon after resigning from BJP, Dangu Prityrup Chakma said, “Dreaming is nothing without action. Every action, no matter how small one takes everyday is just a step closer to your big dream.
“Dangu Rasik Mohan Chakma-led CADC government and rapid development achieved with minimal available resources within such a short span of time is definitely the reason for Chakma district MNF gaining the support of visionary youths and general public,” he added.