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BJP and Congress form rare alliance to run Chakma council in Mizoram

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BJP and Congress form rare alliance to run Chakma council in Mizoram

Aizawl, April 26: In a dramatic change and interesting political development in Mizoram, the Congress and the BJP have formed rare alliance to rule the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district even as both the BJP led NEDA constituent Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga and state BJP president Porf. JV Hluna announced, in a separate press briefing, their post-poll alliance within an hour after the election threw a fractured mandate on Tuesday.

“Final decision to join hands with Congress members to form a coalition government in the CADC was taken after a prolonged meeting between elected BJP members and party leaders in Aizawl under the leadership of Pawan Sharma, Mizoram Prabhati and Ajay Jamwal, Northeast zonal secretary of the BJP,” a BJP leader said on Thursday.

He said that the party leaders on Thursday met state governor Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (Rtd) to stake claim to form a coalition government with Congress in the CADC.

The Congress bagged six seats while the BJP won five seats in the election to the 20-member CADC held on Friday.

The MNF emerged the single largest party by winning eight seats, while the election to one seat was stayed by the Gauhati High Court.

Three elected BJP members- Santi Jiban Chakma , Kusum Loda and Shanjib Chakma arrived in Aizawl from Chawngte on Thursday to discuss the party’s future move with Pawan Sharma and Ajay Jamwal, who arrived in Aizawl on Wednesday evening.

Sources from Chawngte said that five elected BJP members were hijacked by Congress while they were heading towards Aizawl on Wednesday and formed joint legislature party without the knowledge of party leaders in Aizawl, after Congress offers most of the top post in the Council.

Congress Legislature Party treasurer and sports minister Zodintluanga had said that the post-poll alliance was forged after local leaders of both the parties reached an agreement based on the interest of the elected BJP members.

He said that the post-poll alliance has nothing to do with the upcoming assembly polls and it would not have any bearing in Delhi.

As per the agreement reached between elected BJP members and Congress on Wednesday, BJP councilor Santi Jiban Chakma from Chhotapansury constituency has been unanimously elected as leader of the joint legislature party, while Congress member from Vaseitlang, Buddha Lila Chakma was made deputy leader, sources said.

The joint legislature party also unanimously agreed upon Santi Jiban Chakma to lead the council as Chief Executive Member (CEM), sources added.

Meanwhile, MNF president Zoramthanga on Thursday accused the Congress of playing political drama to oust MNF from power.

The CADC was formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution on April 29, 1972. The Council exercises legislative, executive and judicial powers over allotted departments within the territory of CADC.

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Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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