Aizawl: The National People’s Party (NPP) is likely to contest in eight seats for the 40-member Mizoram Assembly polls scheduled on November 28.
Elaborating on various plans of the party ahead of the election, NPP national secretary Lalrina reportedly announced that all the party candidates would be filing their nomination papers by Friday, the last date of filling of nomination papers for the election.
NPP is making political debut in Mizoram this election as the state unit of the party was launched on September 29, 2018. The party will be fielding a first-time candidate and former journalist Kapliana Pachuau from the coveted Serchhip constituency against incumbent chief minister Lal Thanhawla. Serchhip constituency is also being contested by veteran politician Lalduhoma from the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM).
Congress defector and former parliamentary secretary Hmingdailova Khiangte, who recently resigned from the state legislature and joined NPP, would be contesting from Tuirial of Kolasib district. Kolasib had recently witnessed violence in the wake of the widespread protest by civil society organisations demanding removal of names of displaced Bru people living in camps in Tripura from the electoral rolls.
As per reports, NPP state unit convener Lianzuala will contest from the Dampa constituency, while a retired Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, B Suanzalang, will try his electoral luck from Champhai North seat. Former president of the erstwhile underground Hmar People’s Convention (HPC), Hmingchungnunga, would be the NPP’s nominee in the Serlui seat. While first timers — John Lalremruata, Lalhuliana and D D Chakma — will contest from Kolasib, Thorang and Tuichawng seats, respectively.
NPP has been eyeing a pan-India presence in the country’s political scenario. The Conrad Sangma-led party is a major partner of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) in Meghalaya, while in Nagaland and Manipur it is also part of the ruling alliance. It is part of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and a constituent of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).