Aizawl: The opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) on Monday declared the list of its candidates for 39 seats in the 40-member Mizoram assembly polls to be held on November 28.
Except the Chawngte seat, which is dominated by the Chakma community in southern Mizoram, the party will field its candidates in all the remaining 39 seats.
Apart from fielding all the five sitting MLAs from their respective constituencies, the party has also decided to give tickets to 17 new faces this year.
MNF president Zoramthanga, who was defeated in the last two elections, will fight the election from Aizawl East-I constituency. Unlike other chief ministerial candidates, he will contest this election from only one seat.
MNF senior vice-president Tawnluia will contest from Tuichang constituency, vice-president and MLA R Lalthangliana will contest from South Tuipui. MNF stalwart and vice-president R Tlanghmingthanga will not contest the election this time.
MNF veteran legislator and former minister K Sangthuama will contest from Aizawl West-I which he is representing since 2013. Former Lok Sabha member and sitting MLA Vanlalzawma will also contest from Aizawl West-I the constituency that he has been representing since 2013.
MNF’s star campaigner and Aizawl Football Club owner Robert Romawia Royte will contest from Aizawl East-II against finance minister Lalsawta from the Congress.
Declaring the name of the 39 candidates, MNF president Zoramthanga said, “These are the best candidates that we can offer to the people of Mizoram.”
Appealing the people of Mizoram to vote for its candidates, Zoramthanga apologised for every mistake that his 10-year-long tenure had committed during 1998 to 2008. “We formed the government in 1998 without any experience. We have apologised a number of times for our various mistakes. I once again apologise to the people and request you all to give another chance to the MNF,” he added.