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Congress and ZPM forge alliance in Mizoram

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

The opposition Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) in and the have forged an alliance to contest the Lok Sabha election and an Assembly by-poll, sources said Tuesday.

According to the understanding, which will be announced later, the will field candidate in the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state and the ZPM will contest the Aizawl West-I assembly seat.

Both the elections would be held together on April 11.

The Congress and the ZPM have five and eight legislators respectively in the 40-member assembly.

The Congress needs a new candidate for the Lok Sabha seat as its sitting MP, 84-year-old C L Ruala, would not contest because of old age.

Ruala had been elected to the Lok Sabha for two consecutive terms.

The by-poll to the Aizawl West-I assembly seat was necessitated after the ZPM's ministerial candidate Lalduhoma, who won from two constituencies vacated the seat.

had defeated the then Lal Thanhawla in Serchhip constituency, and former K Sangthuama of the Mizo (MNF) in Aizawl West-I in the assembly polls held on November 28 last year.

Meanwhile, the ruling MNF, the BJP and the People's Representation for Identity and Status of (PRISM) party had announced that they would go it alone in the polls.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 20:18 IST