Evangelist’s party guided by hand of God

Evangelist’s party guided by hand of God

Rahul Karmakar

AIZAWL, NOVEMBER 17, 2018 01:14 IST

UPDATED: NOVEMBER 17, 2018 01:14 IST

Zoram Thar aims to clean up the political system and establish ‘His government’

Voters matter most in a democracy. But for Zoram Thar, God matters more. Zoram Thar is a semi-political group contesting 24 seats in the November 28 Mizoram Assembly election.

The group’s president, Zaichhawna Hlawndo, prefers to call it a spiritual party that wants Jesus to control the 40-member House.

An evangelist who preached across India, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the 55-year-old Rev. Hlawndo is contesting from two seats — in Serchhip against Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and in the Aizawl West-I constituency.

But he desists from calling Zoram Thar an evangelical party, which it had intended to be in the 1990s.

“Zoram Thar, meaning New Mizoram, was founded by Rev. V.L. Nithanga in 1994 but it lost its way in the political quagmire and became defunct. Ours is a new group guided by divinity to clean up the corrupt political system and establish God’s govern-ment,” he told The Hindu.

The reverend said he had decided to settle down in the U.K. when a ‘divine call’ he received while in transit at the Dubai airport in 2012 made him decide to return to Mizoram.

He formed Zoram Thar in February 2016 with a few church leaders, sold his U.K. house in 2017 and got down to finding candidates — apostles, rather — to carry out God’s instructions.

Among the candidates are his evangelist daughters Lalhrilzeli, 28, and Lalruatfeli, 26. Both are contesting two seats each. Three others are his neighbours in the Chaltlang Lily Veng locality of Aizawl.

Rev. Hlawndo has fielded three women apart from his two daughters, making Zoram Thar the party along with the Bharatiya Janata Party to have given ticket to most women — five.

“God told us to contest this election, He will guide the people the way He knows best,” he said.

The Hindu

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