Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the party members are trying their best to strengthen the party’s base in Mizoram Credit: File image

Guwahati: Senior BJP leader from Assam and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that fielding candidates in almost all the constituencies for the Mizoram election scheduled on November 28 is one of the top-most priorities of the party this time.

Elaborating on the various plans of the party ahead of the election in the hill state of the Northeast, Sarma further said that the party members are trying their best to strengthen the party’s base in the state.

“BJP is not a very big party in Mizoram. I think there is major competition between Congress and Mizo National Front (MNF). We are trying to build our image. More than forming a government, we are focusing on building the BJP’s presence (in the state). Our first priority is we should have candidates all over the state.”

For the forthcoming Mizoram elections, 2,019 candidates are in the fray. The ruling Congress party and the MNF have fielded candidates in all the 40 constituencies while the BJP has fielded candidates in 39 constituencies.

The BJP has never won an assembly election in Mizoram. The state with a population of about 10 lakh, including nearly 7.68 lakh voters, is seen by the party as the “final frontier” in the Northeast as it is in power in all other states of the region — either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties.

Assam’s finance minister Sarma, who is also the BJP’s in charge for Mizoram elections, suggested that the party is keeping all its options open. While Congress remains a rival, the party could explore post-polls options with chief minister Lal Thanhawla.

“Mizoram Congress has a different constitution. They are different from the Delhi Congress. For the first time, we have fielded 40 candidates in the state. Lal Thanhawla can take independent decisions,” Sarma added.

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