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Rahul Gandhi Kicks Off Congress Campaign in Mizoram

Rahul Gandhi initiated his party's campaign in the poll-bound state of Mizoram

Rahul Gandhi initiated his party’s campaign in the poll-bound state of Mizoram, which is set to hold assembly elections on November 7. Gandhi’s visit marks the first significant move by Congress since the election announcement.

Massive ‘padayatra’ and Enthusiastic Welcome

Gandhi led a massive ‘padayatra’ (foot march) from Aizawl’s Chanmari area to Treasury Square during his two-day visit. The charismatic leader received an enthusiastic welcome from Congress supporters and the general public. He engaged with the crowd, waving, shaking hands, and interacting with those who came to meet him.

Engagement and Public Gatherings

Later in the day, Rahul Gandhi will address a public gathering and hold an hour-long interaction with students. On Tuesday, he will meet with Congress leaders of the state and conduct a press conference. Gandhi’s itinerary also includes traveling to Lunglei and addressing another public meeting before returning to Delhi via Agartala.

Election Dynamics and Key Issues

The Mizoram Congress anticipates the announcement of its first list of candidates for the 40-seat assembly election. In 2018, the Congress lost power in Mizoram to the Mizo National Front (MNF), aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The Congress secured five out of 40 seats, finishing third after MNF and Zoram Peoples’ Movement. 

Prominent Election Issues

Local political leaders have identified the Assam-Mizoram boundary dispute and the increasing influx of drugs into the state as major election issues. Violent clashes at the Assam-Mizoram border in July 2021, which resulted in the tragic deaths of five Assam police officers, remain unresolved despite multiple rounds of talks.

Gandhi’s visit is a significant development as political parties have committed not to hold public processions after the announcement of the poll schedule, as per an agreement with the Mizoram Peoples Forum (MPF), an independent body comprising church elders and members of three prominent organizations. The Mizoram Congress has assured that Gandhi’s events will be by this agreement.

Rohit Sharma

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