Guwahati: Amidst the buzzing preparations for the Mizoram Assembly elections and the high fever of poll campaigning, another matter that is being discussed widely of late is the criminal records of the candidates.

As being brought into light by two civil society organizations, all total nine notable candidates of the poll-bound political parties, including the Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, are facing criminal cases.

Along with the CM, another name that leads the team with criminal case records is former chief minister Zoramthanga who presently heads the Mizo National Front (MNF). Now the question is whether these party chiefs with a criminal history tagged along with their names, will be able to stand on what they promise to the common masses?

As stated in a report of the Mizoram Election Watch (MEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the nine political leaders are recognized on the basis of the affidavits filed to the Election Commission by the aspirants. As the affidavits are being filled and filed by the candidates themselves, there can be no ground for this news to be fake.

Other political figures facing criminal charges are V Malsawmtluanga (Independent), Vl Zahawma Chawngthu (BJP), Rasik Mohan Chakma (MNF), Lalduhpuii (BJP), James Thanghmingmawia (Congress) and R Lalthangliana (MNF). Of these 9 contestants, 4 are facing serious criminal cases.

Amidst all the buzzes and facts, Mizoram’s five times Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is hoping for a victory for the 3rd straight terms. Mizoram’s ensuing Assembly Polls on November 27th holds a great importance for both the Congress and the BJP, who has gone all out to colour the entire Northeast with Saffron colours as Mizoram is the only unconquered state by the party. On the other hand, Congress too is leaving no stone unturned to keep the Party Flag flying high in the state

Congress is contesting in all 40 constituencies of the state along with MNF. On the other hand, BJP is contesting in 39 constituencies.

The state goes to poll on November 28.

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