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Mizoram: Chakma organisations welcome resignation of Chakma Minister

The aPolitical Team |  21/08/2017

Various Chakma organisations including  All India Chakma Students’ Union (AICSU), All India Chakma Social Forum (AICSF) and Rashtriya Chakma Tribal Sangh (RCTS), today welcomed the resignation of Dr Buddha Dhan Chakma, Minister of State of Sericulture and Fisheries. Dr Chakma resigned today in protest against the denial of MBBS seats to four Chakma students who have qualified in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year.

Dr BD Chakma is the lone minister from Chakma community in the Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla Cabinet. He resigned today over denial of admission to four Chakma students who have been qualified in NEET but are being denied admission despite being Scheduled Tribes like the Mizos and holding high ranks in the merit list.

“Dr BD Chakma’s resignation is a defining moment in Chakma history. The Chakmas have been facing a very hard time due to racial discrimination against them by the State. His resignation has sent a strong message against discrimination.” – stated Mr Dilip Kanti Chakma, President, All India Chakma Students’ Union (AICSU) while speaking to The aPolitical.

“No other Chakma politician has resigned against such systematic discrimination. Therefore, it is historic. We are not against the Mizos but we must also not be blatantly discriminated.”-  stated Uttam Chakma, President of the RCTS.

“It is unfortunate that a Minister had to resign over such a simple issue that Mizoram Government had failed to address. The Chakmas are STs like the Mizos and there is no legal or ethical basis to deny them medical seats as they have qualified under the NEET. If it goes to the Court, Mizoram will lose the case – it is an open and shut case. We hope that Mizoram government understands this basic issue, ensures admission of the Chakma without the issue being further being taken up before the Courts and Chief Minister Lalthanhawla rejects the resignation of Dr B D Chakma.”- stated Mr Paritosh Chakma, Secretary General of the All India Chakma Social Forum.

“If a Chakma is not included in the Ministry of Chief Minister Lalthanhawla which has been the practice since the creation of the State, it sends an extremely worrying and wrong signal.”- further stated Mr Paritosh Chakma.