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Three women in fray for assembly polls

While 10 women candidates contested the last Mizoram assembly polls in 1998, only three women were likely to be in the fray for the coming assembly polls to be held on November 20.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2003 17:58 IST

While 10 women candidates contested the last Mizoram assembly polls in 1998, only three women were likely to be in the fray for the coming assembly polls to be held on November 20.

No wonder, the Mizoram Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP) of the Mizoram Women's Federation President Lalzarliani Hmar strongly criticised political parties for their 'gender biased' attitudes in selecting candidates.

Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) fielded two women candidates and the Congress picked its Mahila president to represent the party womenfolk but the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and the opposition Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) did not have any women representation for the coming polls.

The Mahila Congress president Zothankimi would contest against Minister of State for Finance and Forest Lalchamliana in the Mizoram- Assam border constituency of Bilkhawthlir and H.L. Hluna, candidate of the ZNP-MPC combine.

Lalchamliana, a political science lecturer by profession, might be a tough proposition for Zothankimi as the former was declared as a giant killer when he defeated veteran Congress leader and former speaker late Vaivenga in the constituency by a huge margin.

However, being a new face and know for her communication skills, she might pose danger for the minister.

Hmingthanzami's tougher opponent might be Saikapthianga who perpetually won from the constituency since joining politics. He lost the constituency in 1998 to K Sangthuama of the MNF who is now state Transport minister.

Another woman candidate of the ZNP, F. Lawmzuali would contest against her party's alliance partner MPC chief and former deputy Chief Minister Lalhmingthanga in Lunglei South constituency.

Her other opponent would be MNF candidate K Lalsanga, former legislator.

The performances of women candidates, all put up by smaller parties in the 1998 state assembly elections were dismal as none of the 10 candidates made it to the legislature.

Mizoram had only two women elected to become law-makers, the first one being K. Thansiami of the People's Conference (PC) during PC chief Brig T. Sailo's regime and Lalhlimpui of the MNF.

Lalhlimpuii was the first and the only woman minister the state ever has and was the minister of state for Social Welfare under the late Laldenga's ministry.

First Published: Nov 03, 2003 17:58 IST