The National People’s Party (NPP) national secretary Lalrina revealed on Thursday that his party will contest eight seats in the upcoming Mizoram elections. The party was launched in Mizoram by its president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma, on September 29. Talking to PTI, Lalrina told that the NPP candidates are likely to file their nominations either on Thursday or Friday which is the last date to file nominations in the state.
Lalrina further informed that former parliamentary secretary Hmingdailova Khiangte will contest from Tuirial seat in Kolasib district located on the border with Assam. Khiangte had recently resigned from the state legislature after being denied ticket by the ruling Congress.
Some of the other candidates are Lianzuala who will contest from the Dampa constituency. He is also the state unit convenor of Mizoram. A retired Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, B Suanzalang, will also contest Champhai North seat. Former president of the erstwhile Hmar People’s Convention (HPC), Hmingchungnunga, would be the NPP’s candidate in the Serlui seat.
Kapliana Pachuau, a journalist and first timer would contest from the Serchhip seat and will stand against famous leaders like chief minister Lal Thanhawla and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) chief ministerial nominee Lalduhoma. Other first timers who will contest the election are John Lalremruata, Lalhuliana and D D Chakma who will contest from Kolasib, Thorang and Tuichawng seats, respectively.
In Meghalaya, the NPP is an important ally of the ruling NDA alliance along with Nagaland and Manipur. NPP is a part of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and a constituent of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).