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Lalrinliana Sailo among 23 BJP candidates for Mizoram polls

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Aizawl: Lalrinliana Sailo, who recently tendered his resignation as the Speaker of the Mizoram Assembly, has emerged as a prominent figure in the list of 23 candidates unveiled by the BJP today for the upcoming Mizoram Assembly elections scheduled for November 7.

Lalrinliana Sailo is all set to contest the Mamit constituency in western Mizoram, where he will face a challenging electoral battle against the incumbent MLA, H. Lalzirliana of the MNF, H. Zorempuia of ZPM, and Lalthanzama of the Congress.

Vanlalhmuaka, the President of the BJP’s Mizoram state unit, will vie for the Mizoram-Bangladesh border Dampa assembly constituency in Mamit district, where he will go up against the sitting legislator, Lalrintluanga Sailo of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), celebrated singer Vanlalsailova of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), and Lalhmingthanga Sailo of the Congress.

Former Minister of State and MNF legislator Dr. K. Beichhua, who was expelled from the MNF, will seek election from the Siaha seat, which is his home turf in southern Mizoram’s Siaha district, as a BJP candidate. 

Beichhua will face opponents in the form of H C Lalmalsawma Zasaia of the MNF, K H Beithle of ZPM, and M Chakhai of the Congress. Notably, Beichhua had previously won in the Siaha constituency during the 2013 and 2018 assembly polls as an MNF candidate.

The BJP is set to field four women candidates in the forthcoming elections, making it the party with the highest number of women candidates, despite contesting in only 23 seats.

One of the notable female candidates is F. Lalremsangi, the party’s spokesperson, who will contest from the prestigious Aizawl South-1 constituency. Lalremsangi, who had previously run as the BJP nominee in the 2018 assembly polls for Aizawl South-3 without success, will face a challenging contest against the incumbent MLA C. Lalsawivunga of ZPM, Rajya Sabha member K. Vanlalvena of MNF, and former Minister of State Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu of the Congress, another female candidate, in this constituency.

Other female BJP candidates include K Vanlalruati, who will be contesting from the Serchhip constituency in central Mizoram’s Serchhip district, where she will face formidable opponents such as ZPM leader Lalduhoma, the incumbent MLA who won in the 2018 assembly polls as an independent and in the 2021 by-polls as a ZPM nominee, journalist-turned-politician J. Malsawmzuala Vanchhawng (MNF), and R. Vanlaltluanga of the Congress.

Judy Zohmingliani and R. Lalbiaktluangi are the other female BJP candidates.

Earlier, the President of the state BJP unit, Vanlalhmuaka, had stated that the saffron party would contest all 40 seats. However, it has now been confirmed that the BJP will contest 23 seats. Nonetheless, BJP leaders have expressed confidence that their party will play a pivotal role in the next government, regardless of which party comes to power.

The BJP strategically selects its candidates, focusing on constituencies with a higher concentration of minority communities, such as the Chakmas and Brus, and those encompassing autonomous district councils like Mara, Lai, and Chakma councils. Additionally, the party has also put forth a limited number of candidates in constituencies where the Mizo community constitutes the majority, with two nominees even within the Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC).

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