AIZAWL, April 12 - Former Mizoram Chief Minister and state Congress president Lal Thanhawla on Friday accused the BJP of attempting to establish a �religion-based kingdom� in the country.
Addressing a political session at the Congress Bhavan here, the Congress leader said that even many Hindus do not endorse the BJP�s Hindutva policy and its bid to transform India into a Hindu kingdom. He also slammed the BJP manifesto.
Comparing India with a garden where there were different types of flowers, Lal Thanhawla said there were many religious minorities in the country and �an attempt to make it a particular community or religious kingdom would result in national disintegration�.
Lal Thanhawla said the BJP was �less communal� during the time former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani.
The Congress leader also slammed the Narendra Modi government for its �fake promises�. Stating that people were not happy with Modi�s �report card�, Lal Thanhawla said the BJP government failed to fulfill its promises during the five years of its rule.
He said the country was facing its �worst unemployment problem� and economic recession during the Modi-led regime, and expressed hope that the Congress-led UPA would come back to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Slamming the Mizoram government led by Mizo National Front (MNF) for flagging the liquor issue before the State Assembly polls last year, Lal Thanhawla said no country has so far successfully prohibited alcohol.
Lal Thanhawla thanked the people and officials for the peaceful polling to the lone Lok Sabha seat held on Thursday. He also lauded the Mizoram People�s Forum (MPF), a church-sponsored poll watchdog, for its efforts towards peaceful polling.