Mizoram’s Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), an alliance formed by six political parties, on Friday has decided to merge into a single political party.
This was disclosed during a media interaction in Aizawl on Friday.
Addressing the media, ZPM senior vice president, Dr Kenneth Chawngliana informed that all the six political parties will come come under a single banner by next month.
He also disclosed that the ZPM leaders will go to New Delhi to meet the Election Commission of India (ECI) for registration on July 2 next.
The ZPM had fought the last year’s Assembly polls alone and won eight seats, including two seats won by its chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma. It secured 22.9 per cent of vote share in that election, according to reports.
In the recent Lok Sabha polls, the ZPM forged an alliance with the Congress and together backed independent candidate Lalnghinglova Hmar. But the alliance suffered a humiliating defeat in the hands of the MNF. MNF candidate C. Lalrosanga won the Lok Sabha seat by a margin of over 8,000 votes.
The ZPM was initially formed by three parties – Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), MPC and Zoram Exodus Movement (ZEM) in August, 2017.
Later, Mizoram People’s Party (MPP), Zoram Reformation Front (ZRF) and Zoram Democratic Front (ZDF) joined the ZPM banner.