AAP fields retd IAS officer for Mizoram LS seat

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Aizawl, Mar 18: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced that M Lalmanzuala, a retired IAS officer and former chief secreatry of Mizoram, would contest the election for the lone Mizoram Lok Sabha seat to be held on April nine. Lalmanzuala said he would file his nomination papers soon. Lalmanzuala had unsuccessfully contested the state assembly polls in 2008 as an Independent from Aizawl North-I seat.

The only seat in Mizoram is set to see a triangular contest between the AAP, Congresss and the eight-party alliance called the UDF. Sitting MP C L Ruala, a veteran Congress leader will be facing challenges from UDF's Robert Romawia Royte a teacher-turned-technocrat-turned-entrepreneur besides Lalmanzuala. The UDF, which includes the BJP, had serious differences over deciding its candidate.

In 2009, Ruala defeated Dr. H. Lallungmuana (Independent) by 1,08,955 votes from this seat. Rualka was a member of the Mizoram state assembly for two terms between 1989-98.

Mizoram will go to the Lok Sabha election on April 7.


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