Aizawl: After two decades of its establishment, the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) was dissolved to merge into Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) on Monday.
The ex-president of ZNP, Lalduhoma, in his speech talked about the journey of the party that was previously called the Mizo National Front (Nationalist). In 1999, it was officially recognised by the Election Commission of India, with the ‘sun’ as the party symbol.
In September 19, 2000, the party’s name was officially changed to Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP).
Meanwhile, in August 2007, Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) was formed by three parties — Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) and Zoram Exodus Movement (ZEM). Later, Mizoram People’s Party (MPP), Zoram Reformation Front (ZRF) and Zoram Democratic Front (ZDF) joined the banner.
The ZPM is an alliance of six political parties. Except for the MPC, all the other parties have been dissolved to form the single political entity. The ZPM was officially registered by the Election Commission of India on July 3 this year.
The ZPM is the main opposition party in Mizoram with eight legislators in the state legislative assembly.