Aizawl, Nov 4: The battle for 12-Aizawl North-III by-poll has turned new height as former parliamentarian and ZNP chief Laduhoma who joined politics after quitting as an IPS officer filed nomination today at the eleventh hour. Main opposition the Mizo National Front’s candidate K. Vanlalvena also filed nomination today in the presence of Returning Officer Lalchungnunga, MCS. K. Vanlalvena is the president of MNF youth wing.
With the filling of nomination by Lalduhoma and K. Vanlalvena on the final date of nomination today, three candidates are now in fray for the by-poll to Aizawl North-III assembly seat to be held on November 21. Former Health Minister and candidate of the ruling Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) Lal Thanzara had filed his nomination yesterday.
The Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and the BJP which forged pre-poll alliance under the banner of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) announced ZNP chief Lalduhoma as its candidate for the coming assembly by-poll today.
Speaking about the coming by-poll, a senior citizen and politician who refused to mention his name said it will be an uphill battle even as the ruling Congress candidate Lal Thanzara is believed to have his sway.
He said that NDA’s candidate Lalduhoma and MNF’s K. Vanlalvena are no less negligible for Congress as they would sweep strong influence upon the voters. On the other hand Congress candidate Lal Thanzara who despite being considered tainted due to the allegation of conflict of interest and holding office of profit is believed to be a giant rival for the two opposition candidates.
Having being the ruling party, Congress is still believed to surge its influence, he added.
Another politician also said that if the people of Mizoram (Aizawl) truly want good person, there is no chance for Lal Thanzara who resigned from the cabinet on being found himself wrong, winning the by-poll. “Who knows Lal Thanzara would not win the battle after all it is politics where the majority apparently win”, he said adding Congress are still expected to be the majority.
Citing about his candidature, Laduhoma, an hour before filing nomination said that, he would contest the coming by-poll as NDA candidate. “I have fought the 2013 Assembly polls in which I lost and I would not be embarrassed if I lost it again”, he said.
The bypoll, necessitated by the resignation of former health minister Lal Thanzara on August 18 over alleged ‘conflict of interests’ case, would be held on November 21 and counting of votes would take place on November 24.