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AAP joins the fray for Mizoram polls

Aizawl: The political landscape in Mizoram is gearing up for a dynamic showdown with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) throwing its hat into the ring for the upcoming election to the 40-member Mizoram legislative assembly, scheduled for November 7. 

This move escalates the political contest to a total of five parties, including three national parties, vying for the state’s top legislative positions.

Majority of candidates from different parties filed their nominations on Thursday as Friday 3:00pm is the last date for submission of papers.

The AAP revealed its intentions on Thursday, naming four nominees and their respective assembly constituencies. The four AAP candidates will compete in the following constituencies: Aizawl North-3, Aizawl West-1, Aizawl West-3, and Aizawl South-1.

President of the Mizoram state AAP, Andrew Lalremkima, has chosen to contest from Aizawl North-3 seat. 

Worth noting is that all the candidates unveiled by the AAP are fresh faces in the political arena. 

The announcement of these AAP nominees took place at a press conference held in Aizawl on Thursday and was conducted by Rajesh Sharma, the North East In-charge of the AAP.

In addition to the AAP’s entry into the race, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), and the Congress have also declared their intent to compete for all 40 legislative seats, solidifying the contest’s intensity. Meanwhile, the BJP is set to field candidates in 23 of the 40 seats.

The National People’s Party (NPP), led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, which contested nine seats in the 2018 Mizoram assembly polls, has decided not to participate in this election, as conveyed by NPP National Secretary Dr. Lalrintluanga Jahau.

Two smaller regional parties, the People’s Conference (PC) and the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), have similarly opted to abstain from the upcoming state assembly polls. 

It’s important to note that both the PC and ZNP were part of an alliance of small parties that formed the Zoram People’s Movement ahead of the 2018 elections. However, they broke away from ZPM after the elections.

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