Aizawl, Nov 3: The Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and its ally Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) would contest all the seats for the coming general election to the 19-ward Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) to be held on November 26.
MPCC treasurer H. Liansailova today announced name of 20 candidates for the 19 seats, including women for the reserved seats. With the declaration of 1 seat (Ward-VIII)as free zone where the two parties will field their own candidate, MPC would contest in 6 wards while the Congress would field 15 candidates in 14 wards.
The BJP and the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) combined under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) banner is also yet to announce its candidates for the AMC polls. “The NDA will announce its candidate for Aizawl North-III bypoll tomorrow and candidate for AMC polls will be announced most probably on Thursday”, ZNP youth wing president Lalmuanpuia Punte said.
Speaking at the function held to mark the release of candidate list, MPCC president and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla while reacting to the allegation said that Congress did not forge electoral alliance with the MPC due to a perception of losing the elections.
He said that his party has never declined any party that is willing to work with them for the cause and betterment of Mizoram. “The allegation that we forged alliance with MPC because we have fear of losing election was totally wrong. There is no point of fearing to lose the elections as we are the ruling party having 34 sitting legislators out of 40 assembly constituencies. Moreover we are the ruling in AMC and majority in Local Council and Village council across the state,” he said.
Citing about the alliance, Lal Thanhawla said it was a blessing from God as the two parties- Congress and MPC are yet to work for development and progress of Aizawl city. He expressed gratitude to MPC leaders and party workers for having intended to support Congress candidates in the Aizawl North-III bypolls and having soft corner while selecting candidate for the AMC polls.
While appealing to party workers they should not be hesitant to cast their votes infavour of any candidate of their allies, Lal Thanhawla said, “No matter a candidate belong to any party of your allies or your are going to press on a symbol of not your own, you should not hesitate to cast your vote but give utmost importance to the alliance”, he said.
Lal Thanhawla further asked party workers that they should have humility and politeness while campaigning for the elections.
Hitting out at MNF, Lal Thanhawla alleged that development could not be expedited and many projects could not be commissioned due to the corruptive practice of former government.