In the upcoming Mizoram elections, 209 contestants are pitched against each other for the 40-seat state assembly

Mizoram: Of 209 candidates in poll fray, 8 facing criminal charges

Incumbent CM Lal Thanhawla and Mizo National Front (MNF) leader Zoramthanga feature in list

Guwahati: In the upcoming Mizoram elections, 209 contestants are pitched against each other for the 40-seat state assembly. Of them, eight candidates, including incumbent chief minister from Congress Lal Thanhawla and Mizo National Front (MNF) chief ministerial candidate Zoramthanga, have criminal cases pending against them.

Lal Thanhawla has been accused of non-disclosure of property. In 2013, the Congress state president did not mention his property in Kolkata and for that a case was registered in Serchhip distict. Lal Thanhawla is contesting from two seats -- Mamit and Serchhip.

On the other hand, rival MNF chief Zoramthanga has two cases against him including charges of criminal conspiracy and destroying evidence. The cases were registered during 2009 and 2010.

Another MNF contestant, Dr R Lalthangliana from South Tuipui, have charges of corruption registered against him for possession of disproportionate assets. The case has been pending before the Special Judge under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

Meanwhile, James Thanghmingmawia, Congress candidate for Tuichang, has a defamation complaint petition against him for publishing defamatory content in a Congress mouthpiece.

Meanwhile, the ruling party in the Centre, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has fielded a candidate against whom a drugs case is pending. BJP candidate for Tuichang constituency Lalduhpuii is facing charges related to drugs and narcotics registered in 2016. The candidate, however, did not mention the details of the case.

Another BJP candidate, VL Zahawma from East Tuipui , has cases under Section 420 of Indian Penal Code and Section 15(3) of Indian Medical Council Act.

RM Chakma, MNF candidate for Tuichawng, has a case registered against him for misutilising government funds worth Rs 32.50 lakh.

V Malsawmtluanga, an Independent candidate from Lunglei North, has been booked for a death caused by rash driving.