Poll and pop music go together in Mizo campaigns

The Mizo way of campaigning is marked by concerts where pop singers perform to pull the crowd.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2004 19:11 IST

Election campaigning is serious business where candidates with high political ambition are marketed. But the Mizo way of campaigning is marked by concerts where pop singers perform to pull the crowd.

The campaign kick-off function of the Mizo Secular Force (MSF), combine of three opposition parties, on Wednesday was no different. Elizabeth Zodinpuii, heart-throb of the youth, and other artistes entertained the political workers.

From the makeshift stage on the back of a truck in front of Vanapa Hall here, 'Eli', as Zodinpouii was popularly known, and other singers tried their best to win votes for the MSF candidate Dr Laltluangliana Khiangte.

Eli is the daughter of former Sports Minister PC Zoramsangliana, whose party Congress has formed the MSF with Mizoram People's Conference and Zoram Nationalsit Party.

Eli on Wednesday announced that she would follow Khiangte in his campaign trail all over the state.

She had also campaigned for her father in Kolasib assembly constituency but he lost to Chief Minister Zoramthanga of the MNF last November.

MNF is also not far behind. Performers like top pop singer Vanlalsaillova, a singer from 'Tribal Power' pop group and comedians like Thangkura were ready to campaign for the party candidate Vanlalzawma.

Thus the voters would have the opportunity to be entertained by top performers free of cost.

First Published: Mar 24, 2004 19:11 IST