Bringing a change into the poll scenario, the Congress party has decided to bring some new faces into politics for the upcoming assembly polls in Mizoram. The latest news is that there will be at least 10 to 12 new and young faces replacing its sitting MLAs as party candidates.
This new change into the political world of the Mizoram will be seen for the first time ever and the final selection of candidates will be done in two stages. There will be a nomination committee which will be responsible for preparing a list of probable and it is from this list, the screening committee will pick the final 40 candidates which look promising and have chances of doing well in the polls. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla chaired the nomination committee meeting that took place in Aizawl on Tuesday.
Bhupen Borah, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary who is in charge of Mizoram, said, "On Wednesday, for the first time in the state, we will have a screening committee meeting. AICC general secretary Luizinho Faleiro and in charge of the northeast will be present."
He also added, "Around 70% of the sitting MLAs are likely to get tickets and the rest may not. We are looking for a young team."
Notably, before this, Congress party had settled with aged candidates only whose age would range from 60 onwards. In the 2013 assembly election only, 10 candidates of the party were between 66 and 75 years. The CM of Mizoram, a Congress candidate is 76.
MNF vice-president R Lalthangliana, saying that this new change might do well to the Congress party, added, "We have heard that at least 10 to 11 sitting Congress MLAs would not be re-nominated this time. People are coming to MNF because of the strong winds blowing in favour of us and not BJP in Mizoram."