Five-time former Mizoram CM and state Congress party supremo Lal Thanhawla Credit: File image

Aizawl: Mizoram Congress president and former state chief minister Lal Thanhawla on Friday expressed confidence that his party would win the first Sinlung Hills Council (SHC) polls.

Addressing a political session at Congress Bhavan at Aizawl, the five-time former chief minister said the chance of Congress and its allies sweeping the polls is very high.

“I hope the people of SHC area will vote for the candidates projected by the Congress and its allies as a token of gratitude to the grand old party for restoring peace in the area by signing a peace accord with the Hmar militants,” he said.

SHC was established in July last year as a result of the peace accord signed between Congress government headed by Lal Thanhawla and the erstwhile underground Hmar People’s Convention (Democratic) or HPC (D) on April 2 that year.

Polling for the 12-member council will be held on November 5 and counting of votes will be conducted as soon as polling is over.

The Congress party in Mizoram has fielded a total of six seats alone and will also contest in another five constituencies as independent backed by its allies.

On the other side, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and Hmar People’s Convention (HPC) jointly have fielded all the 12 seats in the ratio of 7:5 (seven for MNF and five for HPC).

The BJP and National People’s Party (NPP) have fielded in two seats each while there are four independent candidates, including five HPC candidates. HPC faction led by Lalrosiem would contest in one seat.

Altogether, 42 candidates are in the fray for the SHE polls.

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The upcoming council polls will witness a straight fight between the ruling MNF -HPC combines and opposition Congress.

A total of 20,914 electorates, including 10,405 female voters would exercise their franchise in 38 polling stations to decide the fate of 12 members.

The state Congress supremo claimed that the grand old party is regaining its influence in the entire country. He further said the party has made an outstanding comeback in the recent assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana.

Taking a jibe at the BJP-led NDA government at the Center, Lal Thanhawla said the country’s economy registered a significant decline under its rule. “Many economists and experts are in dismay at the economic slowdown. They suggested the BJP government to invite former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reform the economy,” he said.

Considering the manner in which the BJP government abrogated Article 370 and scrapped special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir, the Mizos and other religious minorities are also in danger position under the NDA government, Lal Thanhawla also said.

Elections to the 12-member council are due on November 5.

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