Aizawl: Zoram People’s Movement(ZPM), an electoral alliance formed by six minor parties of Mizoram, has decided to merge into a single party.
ZPM senior vice-president Dr Kenneth Chawngliana told reporters at a press conference in Aizawl on Thursday that the six parties would merge into one under the ZPM banner by July.
He said that the ZPM leaders will go to New Delhi to meet the Election Commission for registration on July 2. “Almost all the six parties barring the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) have consented to merge into one,” he said, adding that the MPC will soon hold meeting over the merger.
“We are hopeful that all the parties including MPC will join hands as a single party,” he added.
According to Chawngliana, the ZPM was initially formed by three parties — Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), MPC and Zoram Exodus Movement (ZEM) — in August 2017. Later, Mizoram People’s Party (MPP), Zoram Reformation Front (ZRF) and Zoram Democratic Front (ZDF) joined the ZPM banner.
The ZPM had fought the assembly polls alone last year and won eight seats, including two seats won by its chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma. It had become the second largest party after the Mizo National Front (MNF) by securing 22.9 per cent vote share.
In the assembly by-election held on April 11, the ruling MNF has snatched away Aizawl West-I, the assembly seat Lalduhoma had vacated. With this the total strength of ZPM in the 40-member assembly at present is 7.
In the recent Lok Sabha polls, ZPM and Congress had forged alliance and fought shoulder to shoulder but suffer humiliating defeat in the hand of the MNF.
MNF candidate C. Lalrosanga had smashed the ZPM-Congress combine candidate Lalnghinglova Hmar by a margin of over 8,000 votes.
ZPM leader Lalliansawta, who accompanied Chawngliana said the ZPM-Congress alliance has expired as soon as election was over. He also expressed hope that majority people will support ZPM if it merge into single party.