205 candidates for Mizoram poll

The fate of 205 candidates to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly will be decided on Tuesday as the state goes to poll with security beefed-up along state's sensitive border.

The 722-km international border along Bangladesh and Myanmar has been sealed, as also the borders with Manipur, Assam and Tripura.

Most of the polling booths in border areas are classified as hyper-sensitive or sensitive and additional state police personnel were deployed along the borders, especially with Manipur and Assam. Besides, the BSF and the Assam Rifles are manning international borders.

State Deputy Inspector-General of Police L Hrangnawn said besides deploying more forces on the border areas, intensive patrolling had been undertaken in the sensitive areas where militants had earlier sneaked into the state.

 Mizoram has an electorate of 6,11,124 and women voters outnumbered their male counterparts by 6,654.

 A total of nine women candidates are in the fray for Tuesday's polling.

 The Congress is contesting all the 40 seats and the UDA, a pre-poll alliance of the Mizoram People's Conference and the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) is contesting 37 seats.

Political parties like the BJP, the NCP, the Lok Janshakti Party and Lok Bharti also fielded candidates and there are 36 independent candidates.