Aizawl: C Lalrosanga, a retired Indian Broadcasting Programme Service (IBPS) officer and former director general (DG) of Doordarshan, has joined the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) to contest Mizoram's lone Lok Sabha seat on the party’s ticket.
He was inducted into the MNF by chief minister and party president Zoramthanga in a function at Mizo Hnam Run(MNF office) here on Tuesday.
During the function Zoramthanga also announced names of party candidate for Assembly by-election along with the Lok Sabha polls.
Zothantluanga from Aizawl’s Zotlang locality has been named MNF contender for assembly by-election to Aizawl West-I seat, necessitated after Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma vacated the seat to retain Serchhip.
In the last assembly election held in November last year, Lalduhoma defeated sitting MNF legislator K. Sangthuama by a margin of 1060 votes.
Both the Lok Sabha and assembly by-election will be held simultaneously on April 11.
Speaking on the occasion, Lalrosanga said he joined the MNF to contest the Lok Sabha polls because he believe it will give him a wide opportunity to serve Mizoram and the Mizo nation besides the country.
He said that he will give priority to resolving the long standing state’s border dispute with neighbouring Assam and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to ensure that it is not tabled again, if he is elected to Lok Sabha.
Citing that he strongly opposed to religious intolerance, the former Doordarshan DG said he would strongly oppose to any attempt to suppress Christianity and persecute Christian minorities.
The 62-year-old leader said he was not new to parliament as he used to witness the proceeding of Lok Sabha and prepared government business during his office as DG of Doordarshan in New Delhi.
Born on March 1, 1957, Lalrosanga graduated from Pachhunga University College (PUC) and joined All India Radio as new reader in 1975. After serving for eight years under the Indian Information Service, he joined Indian Broadcasting Programme Service (IBPS) in 1991 and retired as director general of Doordarshan in 2015.
He has been awarded INBUSH award for excellence in Media by Amity University and has been actively involved in church ministry.
MNF nominee for assembly by-election Zothantluanga also said that the upcoming polls will be a tough battle for MNF as opposition parties are joining hands together.