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Regional parties play merger card

Aizawl, Nov. 2: The People’s Conference, a faction of the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC), has decided to merge with the Mizo National Front (MNF), the leading regional party here.

A gathering is scheduled to be held next Thursday, in which both the parties will formally announce their move with an eye on the Assembly elections, which is just about a year away.

Announcing this at a news conference today, PC president Lalhmingthanga said his party decided to merge to strengthen the regional platform. “After studying the voting habits of the people, we have reached the conclusion that 70 per cent of the voters in our state vote for regional parties with national parties accounting for only 30 per cent. However, the national parties rule us despite this because regional forces are divided.”

“Merging with the largest regional party will definitely fulfil the aspirations of the people,” Lalhmingthanga said. Besides, the MNF’s mission to create a strong regional platform is similar to the People’s Conference’s own ideologies, he said. He also invited all the members of his former party, the MPC, to join him in this mission.

People’s Conference vice-president J.V. Hluna said the merger had the full approval of the party members. “The Congress rule has been destructive and we are sure that our time is here now,” he said.

He confirmed that the People’s Conference’s manifesto would be carried through the MNF. It has been learnt that People’s Conference leaders are likely to be accommodated in dignified positions in their new party.

The MPC was founded by Brig. T. Sailo in 1975 at the height of the MNF-led insurgency. Over the years, factionalism split the party, resulting in the emergence of the People’s Conference.