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Minister Resigns for Chakma Right in Mizoram

Rashmi Mizar

Minister of the State of Mizoram, for Fisheries and Sericulture, Buddha Dhan Chakma the lone legislator and minister from the Chakma community of Tuichawng (ST) constituency of Congress Government submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. The protest was against the denial of medical college seats to a number of four qualified Chakma Students in a case of alleged racial discrimination. 

Buddha Dhan Chakma an MBBS under state quota of 1994 from Gaya Bihar said “Remaining in the council of ministers might create uneasiness to maintain the glory of democracy in our state where all of us should feel at home irrespective of caste, creed and religion” and termed it to be as gross injustice. According to him it was a “systematic conspiracy” to deny various facilities to the Chakma who belong to the state for the last few years. They tried to do it even in 2016. But the selected candidates went to the High Court and got justice. This time round, it is a clear case of contempt of court and asked the candidates to go back to the High Court.


The day after the letter was forwarded to the Mizoram Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma, he immediately accepted his resignation on 24th August 2017. According to the Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, the Congress Government in Mizoram never discriminated against Chakma tribals or any other genuine inhabitants of the state. He also stated that, Government does not want illegal migrants, Chakma or any other communities from adjoining states and neighbouring countries to settle in the state and enjoy equal rights and status with the domicile citizens.” Thanhawla informed that there would be no cabinet reshuffle even after the resignations of two ministers, including Buddha Dhan Chakma.

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