Aizawl, March 12, 2019
The opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and the Congress in Mizoram have forged an alliance to fight the ensuing Lok Sabha election and an assembly by-poll, sources said on March 12th, 2019.
According to the understanding, which will be announced later, the Congress will field a candidate in the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state and the ZPM will contest the Aizawl West-I assembly seat, The Times of India reported.
Both the elections would be held together on April 11th, 2019.
The Congress and the ZPM have five and eight legislators respectively in the 40-member Mizoram Legislative Assembly. The Congress may introduce a new candidate for the Lok Sabha seat as its sitting MP, 84-year-old CL Ruala, would not contest because of old age.
On the other hand, the by-poll to the Aizawl West-I assembly seat was necessitated after the ZPM’s chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma, who won from two constituencies vacated the seat.
Meanwhile, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), the BJP and the People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) party had announced that they would go it alone in the polls.