Aizawl: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday visit the poll-bound state of Mizoram where he is scheduled to address three public rallies in Aizawl, Lunglei and Serchhip. Also Read - 'Will Defeat Coronavirus Under CM Thackeray's Leadership': Maharashtra Minister Raut Slams Centre, BJP | Watch
This is the first visit of the prime minister to the state this year. He had last visited Mizoram in December last year and dedicate 60 Mega-Watt Tuirial Hydro-power Project to the nation. Also Read - '60 Flip-Flops in 60 Days': Congress Leader Sanjay Nirupam Targets Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
Security has been beefed up in Aizawl in view of the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) to stage agitation against PM Modi’s visit. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Distances Congress From Coronavirus in Maharashtra, Says 'We're Not Key Decision-Makers There'
Mizoram has total 7.68 lakh registered voters — 3.74 lakh are men and 3.93 lakh are women.
Except Mamit district, rest all seven districts — Kolasib, Aizawl, Champhai, Serchhip, Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha — have higher number of female voters.
The Congress has been in power in Mizoram since 2008 and is eyeing the third consecutive term. In 2013 Assembly elections, the Congress won 34 seats, while the MNF had five and Mizoram People’s Conference bagged one.
While Congress and MNF are contesting in all the 40 constituencies this time, BJP is fighting in 39 seats and PRISM has put up candidates in 15 seats.
The voting will be held in single phase on November 28 and the results will be declared on December 11 along with those of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
While the Congress and the MNF are leaving no stones unturned to paint the BJP as “anti-Christian”, the saffron party has launched a spirited campaign to get power in this strategically important north-eastern state sandwiched between Myanmar and Bangladesh, with the party president Amit Shah declaring that Christmas would be celebrated in Mizoram under the BJP rule this December.
Mizoram is been seen by the BJP leaders as the “final frontier” in its ‘Congree-free North East’ campaign, as the party has already secured power in Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, besides joining ruling coalition in Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Mizoram is significant for the Congress too, as it remains the only state under the party’s rule as against as many as five just about two years ago, which included Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.