Zoramthanga resigned on Tuesday as MNF president, owning moral responsibility for the party’s poll debacle.
He described Zoram People’s Movement, which is expected to give MNF a tough challenge, as a “khichdi” party but counted it as MNF’s main rival.
The Christian-majority Mizoram, which has 40 seats, will go to elections on November 7. Congress and BJP are the other two key players.
Zoramthanga is not happy with BJP over the manner in which it handled the Manipur situation. But Union minister Kiren Rijiju played down the Mizoram CM’s jibe.
Despite the burden of such a large number of refugees, Mizoram embraced over 12,000 displaced Kukis from ethnic violence-hit Manipur.
The Kuki-Zo lawmakers raised the demand of separate administration after Manipur was virtually partitioned on ethnic lines in the wake of the violence.
As a former insurgent leader-turned-politician, Zoramthanga knows the implications of an ethnic strife too well.
An official statement issued by the Manipur government said the CM condemned the use of abusive words against him in Tuesday’s solidarity rally in Mizoram.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga, Deputy CM Tawnluia, ministers, and MLAs of the state cutting across party lines took part in the massive protest rally in Aizawl.
Zoramthanga informed the Law Commission that the Mizoram assembly had passed an official resolution on February 14 opposing any step towards enactment of the UCC in the country.
Under Chief Minister N Biren Singh, the BJP government’s non-responsiveness to demands of tribal autonomy and its attempted Meitei consolidation to stay in power has led to ethnic polarisation.
Zoramthanga said the people of Mizoram are empathetic towards the Meiteis and that the Meiteis living in Mizoram have nothing to fear.