Observers say while a triangular contest is expected among MNF, ZPM and Congress, MNF and ZPM appear to be ahead of Congress. MNF’s biggest advantage is a divided Opposition.
“Sad to say, you have five wasted years with a government that has been extremely inefficient. There are serious allegations of corruption that I don’t want to repeat,” he said.
NLUP was a flagship programme of the previous Congress government, under which financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh was provided to beneficiaries to generate self-employment.
"Mizos are Christians and they don't like BJP's agenda. People will reject ZPM because it has tied up with BJP. MNF is a gone case," the State Congress president said.
Party’s chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma, who is a former IPS officer, told this newspaper that people have tried and tested Congress and MNF and they will give ZPM a chance this time around.
Zoramthanga is not happy with BJP over the manner in which it handled the Manipur situation. But Union minister Kiren Rijiju played down the Mizoram CM’s jibe.
Seven political parties, including ruling MNF and BJP and civil society organisations and student bodies had jointly written to the ECI on October 12 urging to reschedule the counting date.
Despite the burden of such a large number of refugees, Mizoram embraced over 12,000 displaced Kukis from ethnic violence-hit Manipur.