Aizawl: The Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the apex Mizo student organization, has issued a stern warning to political parties in the upcoming Mizoram elections, urging them to refrain from nominating Mizo women married to non-tribals.
Addressing a press conference in Aizawl on Friday, MZP President H Lalthianglima declared, “The MZP will oppose the candidacy of women who have married outside the tribal community.”
The MZP implored all political parties not to field women married to non-tribal individuals in the forthcoming polls, asserting that such a move could polarise Mizo society.
“The state legislature is the product of a revolutionary movement that has cost the lives of many brave revolutionaries. Therefore, we will vehemently oppose allowing non-tribals to occupy seats in the Assembly,” President Lalthianglima emphasized.
He further explained, “While these women may possess high levels of education and developmental potential, the state and its people do not require them, as their presence may undermine the social fabric and threaten the assimilation of the Mizo tribe.”
Highlighting the need to protect the unique cultural identity of the Mizo community, President Lalthianglima added, “In various states, indigenous populations have been reduced to minorities within their own lands by more developed communities. The MZP is committed to preventing such a scenario in Mizoram. We will not permit women married to non-tribal individuals to secure electoral tickets in the state.”
MZP Vice President C. Lalremruata echoed the organization’s stance, stating, “With the upcoming assembly elections in Mizoram, the MZP stands resolute in opposing the candidature of spouses from outside the local community. Given the relatively small size of the Mizo society compared to others, if political parties disregard our request, we are prepared to take more forceful action.”
In a state comprising 40 assembly constituencies, all but one—Aizawl East-I—are reserved for Scheduled Tribes. The Mizo National Front (MNF) and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) have already unveiled their candidates, none of whom include women married to non-Mizos. However, sources indicate that Mizoram Congress is considering fielding Meriam L. Hrangchal, who is married to a non-Mizo, to contest the Lunglei South constituency.
The Congress is expected to announce its list of candidates during Rahul Gandhi’s visit.