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Mizoram: BJP vice-president resigns to protest attacks on Christians in Manipur

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Mizoram vice-president R Vanramchhuanga on Thursday resigned from his post as well as the party, saying that the anti-Christian violence was “supported by the state and central authorities.”

In his resignation letter, submitted to Mizoram BJP president Vanlalhmuaka, Vanramchhuanga wrote: “Due to the recent outbreak of ethnic conflict in Manipur state, 357 Christian Churches, Pastor Quarters and Office buildings belonging to different churches were so far burnt… However, the incident was not blamed by Manipur State Chief Minister Shri N Biren Singh.”

Vanramchhuanga went on to say: “Shri Amit Shah ji, Union Home Minister visited Imphal but neither he blamed the burning of church buildings. Even the Central government have not expressed any word to condemn burning of Christian churches.”

His resignation comes months before the Assembly polls slated for November this year. The Christian community makes up more than 87% of Mizoram’s population.

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