The powerful Young Mizo Association (YMA)in Mizoram has said that it will ‘obstruct’ Brus, who have been re-settled in Tripura from voting during the by-polls to the Tuirial Assembly constituency on October 30.
“We strongly oppose any measure for arranging special polling booths for the Bru voters in the upcoming by-poll. However, we are okay if they come to exercise their franchise in their respective polling stations in Mizoram on their own,” YMA president Vanlalruata was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
A total of 663 Brus from Mizoram, who were displaced and later re-settled in Tripura are ‘eligible’ to vote during the by-polls to the Tuirial assembly constituency.
The Bru voters now no longer belong to Mizoram as they refused to return to the state during repatriation, he claimed.
Vanlalruata also urged the Election Commission to delete names of the Bru voters who have been re-settled in Tripura from Mizoram electoral rolls.
Earlier, special voting booths were arranged for the displaced Brus at areas along the Mizoram-Tripura border.