Mizoram Shanti Jiban Chakma
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In a major setback for BJP in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), lone party member and former Chief Executive Member (CEM) Shanti Jiban Chakma quit the saffron party and joined the Mizo National Front (MNF).

After Chakma’s joining the Mizo National Front (MNF), the 20-member council has come under the complete dominion of the MNF.

A statement issued by MNF on Wednesday said Chakma’s unexpected decision came following the sudden reconstitution of the Chakma District BJP Committee on Saturday in which MLA Buddha Dhan Chakma was elected as the district president.

Shanti Jiban Chakma has strongly opposed Buddha Dhan Chakma’s election citing it “hurt the sentiments of the people of CADC since it was constituted without the knowledge of the concerned representative of the BJP,” it said.

In his resignation letter on Tuesday, Shanti Jiban Chakma slammed the decision to appoint the new district BJP president as “one-sided.”

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The decision has hurt his sentiment as he was the only remaining BJP member in the council.

In a letter informing about his joining MNF, Shanti Jiban Chakma stated “lack of reliable leadership and scope in BJP” as the reason for him leaving the party and appreciated the presence of visionary and stable leadership in the ruling MNF.

Shanti Jiban Chakma was the last remaining elected BJP member in Chakma Council after 7 other members including lone woman Kusum Lota Chakma, switched off the saffron camp and joined MNF.

Kusum Lota Chakma, who joined MNF in September, was the last second member to join the ruling party before Shanti Jiban Chakma.

With Shanti Jiban Chakma’s allegiance to the MNF, the BJP representation in the 20-member council has been reduced to zero, while the MNF now has full members and complete control over the house.

The Executive Committee of the council is being dissolved following the resignation of sitting CEM Durjya Dhan Chakma on October 3.

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