AIZAWL, Oct 14 - Janata Dal (United) led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will contest the Mizoram Assembly polls slated for November 28 against the ruling Congress, said the party�s national secretary Sanjay Verma, who has arrived here to chalk out poll strategies.
Verma would be meeting JD(U) Mizoram unit leaders and other tribal leaders in the State and look for prospective candidates for the party.
Verma alleged that the �old and traditional ruling party Congress has not fulfilled the people�s needs and have failed on all fronts.� He said the JD(U) will contest election on grounds of law, justice, harmony and social development. He claimed that the entire Northeastern States have shown faith in the leadership of Nitish Kumar and the party has grown tremendously in the region.
Verma said the decision regarding number of seats the party would contest in Mizoram and whether it would go alone or forge alliance with parties would be decided later. The JD(U) early this year had fielded candidates in 13 seats in Nagaland and won one.
The lone JD(U) MLA along with an Independent had played a crucial role in formation of NDPP-BJP coalition Ministry led by Neiphiu Rio in Nagaland which had together bagged 29 seats, one short of the half way mark.
The present government under the leadership of Congress in Mizoram is facing strong current of anti-incumbency, he said.
JD(U), under the leadership of Nitish Kumar is committed to ensure socio-economic development for all, he said, adding that the party would also ensure that the �Act East Policy� is revamped and accelerated to benefit the Mizo people in particular and Northeastern region in general.
Besides JD(U), two other national parties, including Bharatiya Janata Party and National People�s Party are planning to contest the November 28 elections.
Meanwhile, the emergence of regional parties like People�s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM), Save Mizoram Front and Operation Mizoram forming a pre-poll alliance, as well as Zoram Nationalist Party, Mizoram People�s Convention and Zoram Exodus Movement coming under Zoram People�s Movement umbrella is all set to change the power equation in the State.