Mizoram Polls: After Congress ‘threat’ BJP cancels PM Modi’s rally in Aizawl

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People who were waiting for the PM Narendra Modi Rally in Aizwal faced disappointment as the BJP State Unit decided not to hold an election rally in Assam Rifles Ground in Aizawl. As per the new plan, Prime Minister will hold an Election meeting in Lunglei, and will only meet the members of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) and the Mizo Hmeichhe Insuikhaw Pawl (MHIP) in Aizawl. The YMA, the apex body of Mizos, and MHIP,a Mizo’s women organization, are the two popular civil societies of the state.

Earlier BJP was planning to hold a rally at Assam Riffle’s ground in Aizawl, but the later decided to drop the plan. The move came in the wake of Congress latest “threat” where the party has openly threatened not to allow Modi’s rally at Assam Rifles Ground in Aizawl. Congress Spokesperson of the Congress Pradesh Committee, Lallian Chhungha told media that “Congress has resolved to stop any public rally of PM Modi here at Assan Riffled Ground”

Congress accused PM Narendra Modi of forcing the Assam Riffles to deny permission to the Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the same venue, citing the intervention of Union Home Ministry. “How can PM Modi hold a rally at the same place where Congress National President Rahul Gandhi was denied a permission,” Chhungha said.

Congress said the Assam Rifles had rejected another request for holding Rahul Gandhi Rally, then scheduled for October 5, with an explanation that the ground is for “sports-related activities” While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed a rally last year in December on the same venue.

BJP, General Secretary Ram Madhav recently released the party’s Manifesto for the Mizoram Assembly Elections. The Party has never won a seat in the state and has a vote share of less than one percent in the last assembly elections of 2013.

The BJP this time is largely focusing on Minority dominated areas of the Christian-majority state.

The state will poll on November 28 to elect a new assembly of 40 seats. The Counting will take place on December 11.

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