AIZAWL, Feb 16 - Former Mizoram Chief Minister and State Congress president Lal Thanhawla, who recently sparked off a controversy by holding a ‘secessionist’ banner during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill here, on Friday unleashed an attack on the BJP and its “ally”, the Mizo National Front (MNF).
Thanhawla accused the MNF Government of failing to raise its voice against the Citizenship Bill because it was “shut up” by the BJP. “The MNF Government failed to put up a fight against the Bill and fulfil the people’s expectations,” he said.
Lal Thanhawla maintained that the BJP’s popularity has drastically declined across the country as its allies in many States have withdrawn from the NDA. “However, there are still some regional parties the BJP has been able to tie up with, due to money power. The MNF is one of them. The central BJP has funded the MNF (during the Assembly elections) to such an extent that the State BJP leaders were upset,” he alleged.
Continuing his tirade against the Narendra Modi-led NDA Government, the former Chief Minister added: “All the foreign policies of the BJP-led Government have failed. Despite numerous foreign trips that Narendra Modi made, India’s relations with the foreign countries are not better. He went to China and even though he appeared to have improved the relations between the two countries, there was no sign of the bonhomie when it came to the Doklam standoff”.
“Going against all norms, the BJP-led Government has interfered in the functioning of institutions like the RBI, CBI, etc. It took steps to change the university syllabus and norms. University students are now coming forward against the BJP policies,” he said.
Lal Thanhawla accused the Prime Minister of totally failing to fulfil his electoral promise to create new jobs for the youths. “Anti-BJP parties across the country are now unitedly posing a serious threat to the BJP before the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” he said.