Mizo PartyAIZAWL, Sept 9: Anti-corruption watchdog-turned-political-party PRISM (People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram) has tied up with hitherto unknown parties – Mizoram Chhantu Pawl (MCP) and Operation Mizoram ahead of Mizoram Assembly polls due to be held in November-December this year. “The three parties decided to fight the upcoming Assembly elections together,” PRISM president Vanlalruata said on Saturday. He said the agreement on seat sharing will be worked out later. 

PRISM, which is the only registered party among the constituents of the alliance, has already declared ten candidates who would contest on party’s symbol diamond, allotted by Election Commission of India (ECI). The alliance announced its three main agendas on Saturday: solving the long-standing Assam-Mizoram border dispute, putting entire Mizoram back under Sixth Schedule and driving foreigners out of Mizoram and stringent enforcement of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to safeguard the people. He said when Mizoram was upgraded to a Union Territory in 1972, it ceased to be a tribal area under Sixth Schedule, barring the three autonomous district councils of Mara, Lai and Chakma in the south.

It would be politically and socially unsafe for the people if the entire State is not brought back under the Sixth Schedule.” Vanlalruata also promised to give priority to border dispute between Assam and Mizoram. “The people of Mizoram cannot accept the constitutional boundary declared by Union Home Ministry and Assam Government in 1933. We will claim the original boundary as defined in Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873,” he said.

He said this boundary was declared as Lushai territory according to the Inner Line Reserved Forest Declaration in 1877. Vanlalruata said if they form the government, they will drive out illegal migrants from the State. He also said the alliance would put in efforts to abolish corruption, establish transparent government, work for development of the youths and bring sustainable development in Mizoram by exploiting natural resources. - Assam Tribune

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