Mizoram 2018

Whistle-blowers’ party in Mizoram fray


A whistle-blowers’ group based here tweaked its name to convert into a political party in November 2017. A year on, it wants the people of the State to look at politics through an “unconventional” PRISM.

Vanlalruata and his team of young idealists had in 2006 formed the People’s Right to Information and Development Implementation Society of Mizoram, or PRISM.

They won several court cases after unearthing scams through the RTI Act, but the State government never took any action against those involved.

“Activism has its limitations. So we decided to contest the Assembly elections this time, not to be in power or lend support to any other party short of a majority but to give our activism some political teeth towards fixing accountability and ensure efficient governance,” he said.

The group, with Mr. Vanlalruata as president, renamed itself People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram to retain the abbreviated form — PRISM — that people were acquainted with.

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party did inspire his party, but Mr. Vanlalruata insists PRISM is different in scope, size, and ambition. “We have started small and people acquainted with us think we are cut out to be a strong Opposition,” he told The Hindu.

The PRISM is contesting 15 seats with Mr. Vanlalruata contesting two — Aizawl North-I and Serchhip, where his prime opponent is Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla.

“Defeating the CM is our aim. Besides, one should take on a stronger opponent to make a statement,” Mr. Vanlalruata said.

The party has filed counter-affidavits against 33 candidates, including the Chief Minister, for allegedly concealing information and holding offices of profit.

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