Candidates sparing no pains to woo electorate in Mizoram

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Aizawl, Nov 13 (UNI) With Assembly elections barely a fortnight to go, the candidates have girded their loins to garner votes on December 2.

This time round, most of the Aizawl constituencies' candidates and their campaigners were seen going door to door to woo voters despite the Mizoram People's Forum (MPF)'s strict disapproval.

Congress candidate for Aizawl South-II Lt Col (Retd) Z S Zuala in a local TV interview aired yesterday admitted that he violated the rules and regulations issued by the powerful Mizoram Presbyterian Church-sponsored MPF in regards to door-to-door campaign.

In the same manner, his Mizo National Front (MNF) counterpart and sitting MLA R Khawpuithanga also confessed that he could not help going door to door to meet my constituents.

The Presbyterian Church elder even went to the extent of stating that prohibiting door-to-door campaign was undemocratic. United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate for the constituency Denghmingthanga, also an elder in his local church, said, '' I have been meeting my fellow church members door to door in the constituency. '' According to sources, the prohibition of door-to-door campaign was being grossly violated in the rural constituencies.

Most of the intellectuals and political experts share the MNF candidate's opinion that disallowing door-to-door campaign was not democratic.

'' Door to door campaign is not against democratic principles; neither is it prohibited by the Election Commission of India. It is the only means of face-to-face interaction between a candidate and a voter, '' said Maliana, a student of Mizoram University.

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