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Mizoram gears up for upcoming Lok Sabha and assembly by-elections
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Mizo anti-corruption watchdog PRISM to contest LS polls alone

Party decides to go solo after rejecting invitation from Cong and Zoram People’s Movement to join pre-poll alliance, says president Vanlalruata

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: The People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), an anti-corruption watchdog turned political party, on Friday said it would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections alone.

Election to the lone Lok Sabha seat will be held in a single phase on April 11.

PRISM president Vanlalruata said the party has decided to go solo in the upcoming polls after rejecting invitation from Congress and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) to join the pre-poll alliance.

He said that the Prism, after thorough deliberation, came to the conclusion that it is not convenient to be part of the alliance as the party has separate principle to promote Christianity and Mizo community by unifying all the Mizo tribes living in different parts of the country and the globe.

The leader said that their main poll agenda is to introduce Right to Secessionist Bill in Parliament to enable the Mizos achieve self-determination and also to ensure that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill it is not tabled again. He added that the party will announce its candidate on Monday.

Prism is a newly floated political party. It has contested the state assembly election held on November 28 last year by fielding 13 seats but won none.

Meanwhile, state BJP said that it will convene a meeting on Saturday to finalise the party candidates for Lok Sabha seat and assembly by-election to Aizawl West-I seat.

The party is likely to announce its candidates on Monday, party sources said.