The 81-year-old political determine mentioned he determined to give up got here after Mizoram Congress president and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla failed to provide a “inexperienced sign” for his candidature. “The Congress was very unkind to me. Thanhawla and different celebration leaders not solely didn’t approve my title but in addition informed me to resign,” he claimed.
“The Mara Autonomous District Congress Committee nomination board beneficial my title thrice and All India Congress Committee (AICC) agreed that I’d be the official Congress candidate for Palak constituency. However I used to be stored in the dead of night. The state Congress didn’t formally launch an inventory of candidate a number of days after the AICC authorised my title,” Hiphei mentioned.
Whereas Hiphei has a constructive outlook about his choice to hitch the saffron celebration, the Congress believes that this is likely to be the start of the finish of his political profession. Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Lallianchhunga mentioned Hiphei’s steadfast loyalty to the Congress had contributed in direction of his stellar political profession, which included his work as a two-time Rajya Sabha MP from 1990 to 1996 and 1996 to 2002.
Lallianchhunga can be assured that Hiphei’s resignation was unlikely to affect Congress’ probabilities within the state as he had been beneath the scanner for a very long time. He mentioned the Congress had been suspicious of Hiphei’s hyperlink with the BJP — thought of communal and anti-Christian celebration by Mizos — after he bought his constructing to the celebration just a few years in the past.
Nonetheless, political observers in Mizoram doubtless rightly consider that Hiphei’s choice will have an effect on the Congress’ prospects within the state not solely as a result of he is an influential mass chief, but in addition as Hiphei was the fifth Congress legislator to resign from the Mizoram legislature since September. The others had been R Lalzirliana, Lalrinliana Sailo, Dr BD Chakma and Hmingdailova Khiangte.
Hiphei will now contest the Mizoram elections on 28 November from Palak constituency on a BJP ticket. Expressing confidence in regards to the BJP successful the Meeting polls, he mentioned: “The folks of Palak sympathise with me. I’ve acquired robust assist from the folks and I’m assured that I’ll win the polls on this new ticket.”
He added that the Congress is prone to be defeated as a result of inner variations and squabbles within the grand outdated celebration.
The seven-time Congress legislator who was as soon as a staunch BJP critic mentioned he was pleased to hitch the saffron celebration as he didn’t come throughout any anti-Christian components in its ideology. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has almost accomplished his tenure however throughout these 5 years, the BJP authorities didn’t amend our structure to change the secular characteristic. The celebration utterly believes in secularism and the BJP-led authorities wouldn’t pose any menace to the Mizos and their faith,” he mentioned.
After becoming a member of the BJP within the presence of celebration chief Himanta Biswa Sarma, who can be the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance, Hiphei mentioned he had joined the BJP as he needed to contribute in direction of the event of Mizoram.
Hiphei, often known as ‘Father of Mara” (a local tribe in Mizoram), was dropped from the Congress’ list of candidates for the upcoming Meeting elections. The celebration had changed him as its candidate from Palak with former legislator and Congress normal secretary KT Rokhaw for the seat.
With inputs from Henry L Khojol, a reporter primarily based in Aizawl and a member of 101Reporters.com