Zoramthanga to meet woman on home turf

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Aizawl, Oct 28 (UNI) Ms H Lalhmingthangi of Zoram National Party would vie against Chief Minister Zoramthanga in Champhai South constituency in the November 29 Assembly polls.

Zoram Nationalist Party, part of a three-party pre-poll alliance of the United Democratic Alliance, is fielding Ms Lalhmingthangi, to take on the Mizo National Front (MNF) supremo at Champhai South, a new constituency carved out of Zoramthanga's home constituency. The Chief Minister is likely to contest from both the seats.

Delivering her first political speech at ZNP office here today, the 32-year-old said, '' I am to fight this election with the help of God; therefore, I am hopeful of winning it. I am not afraid of anyone, including the Chief Minister.'' Her speech was preceded by her official induction into the party by ZNP chief Lalduhoma.

Asserting that she was a newborn in politics, Lalhmingthangi claimed she had a 'divine calling' to join politics to 'rescue the deteriorating Mizoram.' She said this strong feeling of patriotism dawned upon her way back in 2002.''I don't feel that I have made a wrong choice to join politics after serving the Lord for some years.'' Lalhmingthangi, who had graduated in theology from Union Biblical Seminary in Pune, has just resigned as secretary for woman relations at Presbyterian Women Fellowship office in Shillong.

Meanwhile, the Women Welfare Front today reiterated its support to any women candidate for the up coming Mizoram assembly elections.

The spokesperson of the Women Welfare Front said in a statement said they would request the fairer sex to favour women candidate in their constituency to ensure representatives of their own sex in the state Assembly.

The WWF has also expressed gratitude to the BJP for fielding two women candidates for the coming elections.

''Party does not matter. We will ask women voters to vote for woman candidates, no matter to which party she belongs,'' she said.

Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl, the state's largest women organisation, is also giving full moral support to the WWF's 'women-must-vote-for women' campaign. MHIP president Rozami told UNI here today, ''We will write to all our sub-headquarters and branches to favour woman candidates.'' UNI ZS KK AKJ CS1633

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