Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma
Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma|EastMojo image

Mizoram: ZPM to go solo in upcoming Lok Sabha polls

Announcement comes days after the alliance steering committee unanimously resolves to fight elections alone after talks with Congress end in deadlock over candidates

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) president and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma on Thursday said the alliance would go it alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and by-election to Aizawl West-I, a seat he vacated after winning two seats including former chief minister and Congress president Lal Thanhawla’s home turf Serchhip in the state assembly polls held on November 28 last year.

Lalduhoma’s comment came days after the alliance steering committee unanimously resolved to fight the upcoming polls alone after talks with the state Congress had ended in deadlock over candidates.

Mulling a possible “tie up,” the ZPM and Congress have been holding a series of talk to join hands together against the ruling party and BJP ally Mizo National Front (MNF) in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and by-election.

Lalduhoma said that consensus could not be reached over the question of candidate as the ZPM wanted to field candidate in both the polls, which the Congress refused.

He said they have to scrap the ongoing negotiation after the Congress refused to accept the ZPM’s proposal and expressed its desire to field candidate in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

With about 12 lakh population, Mizoram has only one Lok Sabha seat. By-election to Aizawl West-I seat was necessitated due to vacation by Lalduhoma.

In the state assembly polls held on November 28 last year, Lalduhoma won both Serchhip and Aizawl West-I.

Lalduhoma, who is also opposition leader in the state legislature, said the ZPM wanted to retain its seat in Aizawl West-I and also need a member in the parliament to have more representation in order to build reputation for the alliance, which was newly formed.

Firm on ousting the MNF, which is a member of BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the ZPM leader also called upon the people to extend support to the alliance in the upcoming polls.

ZPM is an electoral alliance formed in August 2017 by two regional parties -- Zoram Nationalist Party (ZPM) and Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and four groups namely Zoram Exodus Movement (ZEM) Mizoram People’s Party (MPP), Mizoram Democratic Front (MDF) and Mizoram Reformation Front (MRF) .

In the last state assembly held in November last year, the alliance bagged eight seats with Lalduhoma winning two seats.