Aizawl: After many years, a two-party dominated Mizoram has seen yet another regional party coming out of its soil. The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), an electoral alliance formed by six minor parties in 2017, has officially got registration from the Election Commission of India (ECI).
“The alliance has finally become a united regional party after the poll panel gave it registration under section 29A of the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951 on July 3,” ZPM chairman Lalliansawia told a news conference on Wednesday.
Lalliansawia claimed that the ZPM received strong support from the people across the state and also stated that that the party with seven legislators is the main opposition party in the state.
“The party will prepare for the next assembly elections to be held in 2023 to fulfill the desires and aspiration of the people,” he said, adding that the party would soon elect office-bearers.
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 newly floated party had contested for 35 seats in the assembly polls held in November last year and bagged eight seats with its chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma winning two seats — Serchhip and Aizawl West-I seat. However, Lalduhoma vacated Aizawl West-I seat, which was won by the ruling MNF in the assembly by polls held in April.
On rumours about MPC withdrawing from ZPM banner, the newly elected party vice-president Lalthansanga said that the newly-elected office bearers would meet over the merger with ZPM. “We will decide whether or not to fully merge with ZPM by surrendering our party registration,” the chairman said.
The MPC has recently held election and re-elected party founder Brig T Sailo’s son Lalhmangaiha as party president.