A ‘unity’ gathering is scheduled to be held on November 8 in which both the parties will formally announce their marriage. Assembly elections just about a year away has given the impetus to these political moves.
Announcing this at a press conference here yesterday, the PC president Lalhmingthanga said that his party decided on the merger to strengthen the regional platform.
“After studying the voting patterns in the State we have reached the conclusion that 70 per cent of the voters in our State vote regional with the national parties claiming only 30 per cent.
But the national parties rule us despite this because regional forces are divided among themselves, ” he said.
“Merging our strengths with the largest regional party will definitely fulfill the aspirations of the people”, the Lalhmingthanga believed.
Besides, the MNF overtures were politically appealing as their mission to create a strong regional platform was similar, he said.
Explaining the reasons for the merger, he said that PC believed that by creating a strong regional front its pet mission of having a two party system would be nearer to fulfillment, strengthen political decision making at the regional level rather than the centric tendencies of national parties, assimilative tendencies of the national parties, strengthen the autonomy promised to the State under Article 371 (G) of the constitution and seed the growth of Mizo Nationalism once again.
PC vice president Dr JV Hluna said that the merger had the approval of all the members of the party. “The Congress rule has been destructive and we are sure that the hour for the regionalists is here now,” he said.