Aizawl: BJP president Amit Shah officially kicked off the party’s campaign for the upcoming Mizoram Assembly elections on Wednesday. In a meeting attended by state-wide booth level workers at a local stadium, Shah addressed a crowd of approximately 7,000 people, reported The Indian Express. Also in attendance were BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and BJP state President JV Hluna. (Also read: ‘For Cong, SP, BSP, Infiltrators Are Vote Banks,’ Says Shah) Also Read - Coronavirus in Karnataka: Health Minister Sriramulu Attends Procession, Social Distancing Norms Flouted | Watch

“There is a difference in the Northeast of 2014 (when BJP first came to power) and now. Then the Northeast was known for corruption and terrorism. Now it is known form culture and development,” he said, alluding to the support the BJP has in the seven states of the Northeast. Mizoram is the only state in the region where the BJP is out of power. Also Read - Who is Adesh Kumar Gupta? Know in Details About The New BJP Chief of Delhi

According to the report, the party is trying to fight its “anti-Christian party” tag it has got in this Christian-dominated state. “I am reassured that the next Christmas Mizoram celebrates will be one under the BJP government,” said Shah. Also Read - Actor-politician Manoj Tiwari Replaced as Delhi BJP Chief, Adesh Kumar Gupta Takes Charge

Later, he inducted Tuichawng legislator Buddha Dhan Chakma, who had resigned from the Congress because of “internal conflict within the Congress party”, into the BJP. Chakma is the third MLA to have resigned from the Thanhawla government. “In Mizoram, Congress is a sinking ship — that is why the politicians are jumping out of the ship one by one. Those who want to join the BJP, we welcome them,” said general secretary Ram Madhav. Earlier, Home Minister R Lalzirliana and former Health Minister Lalrinliana Sailo had tendered their resignation and joined the Mizo National Front (MNF).

The BJP plans to contest all 40 seats alone. “PM Modiji has instituted 129 schemes and but none of them has reached the Chakmas. Mizoram has received crores for development. Yet there has been no development,” said Shah, lashing out at the incumbent Congress government. Mizoram is set to go to polls on November 28.