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Pre-poll merger for Mizo parties

Aizawl, Nov. 8: The Mizo National Front (MNF) and the People’s Conference (PC) — two regional parties in Mizoram — today formally merged during a function at Vanapa Hall.

The merger of the regional parties will strengthen the MNF ahead of 2013 Assembly elections.

Welcoming the members of People’s Conference, MNF president Zoramthanga announced it as a “historic day”, which would strengthen the hands of Mizo nationalism.

He said his party totally accepted the priority items mentioned in the People’s Conferencemanifesto.

Called the “Six Basic Needs”, the People’s Conferencemanifesto includes providing every household with the basic needs of food and gas, water, electricity, well-maintained roads, good public transport system and rural development.

“The People’s Conference has merged with the MNF today. All the People’s Conference members are now members of the MNF,” said the president of the People’s Conference, Lalhmingthanga.

People’s Conference was formed in 1975 by retired Brig. T. Sailo. It began as a human rights organisation but grew into a political group.

The party had recently split from the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) after a tussle over leadership issue.