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MNF to declare candidates soon; Speaker likely excluded

Aizawl: With the announcement of poll date by the Election Commission of India getting closer, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) has finalised its candidate for the coming election to the 40-member state legislature and will be contesting all the seats.

A member of the MNF nomination committee said on Sunday that except for Chalfilh assembly constituency, when the present Speaker of the Assembly Lalrinliana Sailo won in 2018 assembly polls, the party candidates for all the other 39 constituencies have been announced.

“The party candidate for Chalfilh seat has already been decided, but will be announced in the next few days as the nominee still has to settle some issues and the name of the peoposed candidate is still kept as confidencial,” he said.

Sailo is not going to be given party ticket as the party leadership and workers are not happy with the statement he made while in the US a few months ago that he wanted the MNF to join or merge with the BJP and that he would discuss the matter with the party chief Zoramthanga and other top leaders.

He also levelled serious allegations against the Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia that over Rs 100 lakh was missing in one of the departments under the latter.

All the 28 sitting legislators of the MNF, excepting Sailo, Home Minister Lalchamliana and former Minister of State Dr. K. Beichhua, will again contest the coming assembly polls. Beichhua was expelled from the party for his ‘anti-party activities’ and he had already announced that he will join the BJP after the announcement of poll date.

Home Minister Lalchamliana has announced his intention not to contest the elections as he said that he will make room for younger people. Lalremruata Chhangte will contest from Hrangturzo seat, which was won by Lalchamliana in 2018 polls.

Power Minister R. Lalzirliana, elected from Tawi seat in the last assembly elections will try his fortune from Aizawl North – I while Minister of State for Sports Robert Romawia Royte, who was elected for the first time from Aizawl East – II in 2018 shifted to Tripura border Hachhek assembly constituency.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga will try to retain his Aizawl East – I seat while Deputy Chief Minister Tawnluia will also try his fortune again from Tuichang assembly constituency.

In an interesting development, the sitting Congress legislator of Palak seat in southern Mizoram’s Siaha district will contest as MNF candidate from his home turf while former Chief Executive Member (CEM) of Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) IP Junior will be fielded by the Congress in the constituency.

With the announcement of Junior’s candidature, the state PCC have finalised all the 40 names of its candidate. The PCC chief and former Minister Lalsawta will contest from Aizawl West – III while leader of the 5-member Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Zodintluanga Ralte will try his luck again from his home turf – Thorang seat in southern Mizoram’s Lunglei district.

The largest opposition party in the state legislature Zoram People’s Movement (ZMP), which has 6 legislators have announced its candidates for 39 seats and is yet to announce its nominee for Tuichawng constituency being held by the lone MJP legislator Dr. B.D. Chakma.

The BJP is yet to announce its candidate for the coming assembly elections evan as the state unit president Vanlalhmuaka had said that the saffron party will contest all the 40 seats. 

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