Aizawl: As the election to the 40-member Mizoram legislative assembly draws nearer, political scenario witnesses a notable phenomenon reminiscent of the highly anticipated football transfer window: Politicians, driven by personal interests, exploring new affiliations, akin to sought-after players seeking clubs that offer more lucrative deals.
Former Minister of State for Social Welfare Dr. K. Beichhua, who was expelled from the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) party, had announced his decision to join the BJP after announcement of the poll date.
Beichhua, elected from Siaha assembly seat in 2013 and 2018 elections on MNF ticket, resigned as Minister of State on December 13 last year, a day after Chief Minister Zoramthanga asked him to submit his resignation and was expelled from the party on January 25.
He was expelled for ‘anti-party activities’ after he was instrumental in toppling the Congress-MNF coalition government in the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) and installation of the BJP government.
A veteran Congressman K.T, Rokhaw, elected from adjoining Palak assembly seat in 2018 is all set to join the MNF after announcement of election date. Rokhaw was first elected as an independent candidate in 1993 and later joined the grand old party to be re-elected in 1998.
His intention to join the MNF and contest the coming polls on MNF ticket apparently stemmed from the weakening Congress base in his constituency as well as the entire Siaha district due to the saffron party making inroads lately.
Dr. Lorrain Lalpekliana Chinzah, an independent member of district council (MDC) of Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC) also announced his intention to join the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and the ZPM announced his candidature to contest from Lawngtlai East assembly seat.
K.S. Thanga, former Minister in the Congress government led by Lal Thanhawla also recently joined the ZPM but will not be contesting election this time. He said that he left the Congress as he was disillusioned with the leadership of the state PCC chief Lalsawta.
The fact is that he is most likely not to be given a ticket in his home turf, Aizawl South-III seat.
Earlier, before the 2018 assembly polls, the ruling Congress party, which had been in power from 2 consecutive terms and facing strong anti-incumbency wave, was abandoned by Home Minister R. Lalzirliana, former Minister and sitting legislator Lalrinliana Sailo and later by Assembly Speaker Hiphei.
Lalzirliana and Sailo contested on MNF ticket and won the polls from Tawi and Chalfilh assembly seats respectively. While Lalzirliana was inducted as a cabinet minister having Power and Electricity portfolio, Sailo became the Speaker.
Hiphei, however, joined the BJP and unsuccessfully contested from his home turf – Palak seat.