Aizawl: Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), an electoral alliance formed by six political parties, is likely to get party registration from the Election Commission of India (ECI), party sources said on Monday.
ZPM secretary general K Sapdanga said at a meeting in Aizawl that the alliance is mulling to merge into a single party. According to the leader, he and sitting ZPM MLA Dr Vanlalthlana visited the national capital last week and met officials of ECI over party registration.
He said that the alliance has completed all formalities and is awaiting intimation from the poll panel about the registration. “The ZPM is moving on to become a single party. We have completed all formalities for registration. The alliance is now more or less a registered party,” he said.
The leader claimed that the ZPM has received strong support from the people even from outside. “People are anxiously waiting for the ZPM to take its birth as a single party,” he said.
Hitting out at the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and Congress, Sapdanga said people have become fed up of their governments. “People want change and new system. The real and an adult grown government will be established in the state by the next assembly polls in 2023,” he said.
Sapdanga, who is the editor of the largest circulated paper in the state, “Vanglaini,” had contested the last assembly polls from Aizawl East-I but lost to Chief Minister Zoramthanga. Vanlalthlana also slammed the state government for reducing the allocation for agriculture department by 23.38 per cent and other departments by 10 per cent.
The ZPM was formed initially by three parties- Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and Zoram Exodus Movement (ZEM) in August, 2017. Later, it was joined by Mizoram People’s Party (MPP), Zoram Reformation Front (ZRF) and Zoram Democratic Front (ZDF).
The alliance had contested for 35 seats in the last assembly polls held in November last year and bagged eight seats with its chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma winning in two seats.
However, Lalduhoma vacated Aizawl West-I seat, which was won by the ruling MNF in the assembly bypolls held in April.