ANTI-incumbency factor. That’s the phrase everyone in Mizoram is using in the context of elections to the 40-member assembly in this tiny state, scheduled for November 25. The Opposition alliance of Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Mizo Peoples’ Conference (MPC) is indeed banking upon the anti-incumbency factor to unseat the Congress, which has ruled the state under chief minister Lalthanhawla for two consecutive terms. “People are fed up with the Congress rule. They want a change and our alliance has provided them a strong alternative,” says Lalhmingliana, MNF secretary. “We want to end the culture of corruption and nepotism ushered in by the Congress,” adds an MPC office-bearer.
February 5, 2022