ZPM leaders during the release of the manifesto on Wednesday

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Aizawl: Mizoram’s main opposition party Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) on Wednesday released party manifestos for the upcoming polls to the 19-member Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Among other things, the manifestos promised transparent government, better waste management and setting up of a vegetable supply chain centre in Aizawl.

ZPM leader Lalduhoma, who released the manifesto in a function at the party office here, said the coming AMC polls will be a prediction and forerunner of the upcoming bypoll to the Serchhip seat due this year and state assembly election to be held in 2023.

“If we want the present chief minister to discontinue holding his office in the next assembly term, we have to defeat the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) in the coming municipal polls and if we want people’s government we must vote the ZPM to power,” the sacked MLA said while addressing to party workers in Aizawl.

He urged party workers to make massive efforts to win the coming AMC polls, which is yet to be notified.

Lalduhoma said the ZPM party would give priority to systematic waste management in the state capital to ease people if the party comes to power in the AMC polls.

“Annual financial statements of development funds and expenditure would be introduced to bring transparency on usage of development funds and implementation of projects,” he said.

The seven-point manifestos promise to make property tax, which is the main source of revenue of the municipal corporation, known to the people in order to bring transparency.

It promised to set up Municipal Ward Committee as per the existing rules for equal distribution of development, vegetable supply chain centre to facilitate market for farmers and to control price hike and also set up centre for innovations and training.

The party will also give priority to social security, cleanliness of Aizawl city and revision of the existing system of parking fee collection within the municipal area.

The AMC poll is expected to see a triangular fight among the ruling MNF, ZPM and Congress.

The three major parties have already declared candidates for the upcoming municipal polls.
The BJP had also released names of its eight candidates January 15.

The AMC was established in 2010 under the Mizoram Municipalities Act, 2007.

There are 19 seats in the municipality, of which 6 are reserved for women.

In the last municipal polls held in 2015, the MNF had won 11 seats, followed by Congress, which won 7 seats. Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) had bagged one. The present term had ended on December 10 last year.

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