Campaigning for 40 seats in Mizoram comes to end, polling tomorrow
BJP and Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM) hope that the election results will spring a surprise this time.
Around 40 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed for election duty. Around 7,70,395 voters, including 3,94,897 women, will decide the fate of 209 candidates in predominantly Christian state. Polling personnel have started proceeding to the 1,164 polling stations where voting will take place.
“We have ended the campaign with meetings in all the booths across the state. We have invited church leaders to offer prayers and mass prayers were held,” Mizoram Congress spokesperson Lallian Chhunga said. The Congress is confident that it will come back to power for the third consecutive term. However, the Opposition Mizo National Front feels that the wave is in its favour and it hopes to come back to power after 10 years.
BJP and Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM) hope that the election results will spring a surprise this time. BJP is contesting in 39 seats while ZPM is in the fray in 35 seats. Congress and MNF are contesting all the 40 seats.
The newly-floated political party –– People Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram –– has given tickets to 13 candidates while National People’s party is contesting nine seats and the Nationalist Congress Party is contesting five seats. Zoram Thar, a party floated by a pastor, is contesting 24 seats.