Opinion: Sub-nationalism was the winner in Mizoram polls
The Mizoram election was fought on very local issues. And the relevance of the results for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls may be limited
The main electoral issue that gave the Mizo National Front (MNF) a decisive lead in the elections was a strain of regional or sub-nationalism, which took on the BJP’s version of Hindu nationalism.The elections were marred by a controversy over the granting of voting rights to over 32,000 Bru refugees. Chief electoral officer S.B.Shashank had made an attempt to identify these people who had been repatriated from six camps in Tripura as legitimate voters, but it was resisted by the Congress government’s home minister. The raging controversy finally led to the expulsion of Shashank and the appointment of a new electoral officer.
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