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ZPM will not join alliances at the Center as party candidate wins Lok Sabha polls: Mizoram CM

Mizoram Chief Minister and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) leader Lalduhoma on Friday said that if their candidate wins the Lok Sabha elections, their party will remain independent and neutral towards any alliances at the Centre.

Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in Chawlhhmun area of ​​Aizawl, Lalduhoma said his party will neither join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nor the INDIA bloc as ZPM- candidate Richard Vanlalhmangaiha is elected.

“We are not joining the NDA or the INDIA bloc. We want to maintain our identity. We don’t want to be governed from New Delhi. We want to take an independent decision on any issue from here,” the Prime Minister said. The former IPS officer and politician expressed confidence that his party will win the elections.

Elections to the only Lok Sabha seat in the state are underway amid tight security arrangements. State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Madhup Vyas said no technical glitch with EVMs or law and order issues have been reported so far.

Officials said more than 26 percent of votes were cast as of 11 a.m. Over 8.56 lakh voters, including 4.4 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their voting rights to decide the fate of six candidates.

Mizoram recorded a voter turnout of 63.13 percent in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, which was significantly lower than the national average of 67 percent.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)

first print: Apr 19, 2024 3:04 PM IST