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BJP and Congress join hands in Mizoram to run Chakma council

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BJP and Congress join hands in Mizoram to run Chakma council

BJP leader Shanti Jiban Chakma sworn in as CEM

Aizawl: After more than a week of impasse on council formation, BJP leaders Shanti Jiban Chakma, who was elected leader of United Legislature Party (ULP), formed jointly by elected members of BJP and Congress was sworn in as Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) at the council’s art and culture hall on Friday.

Lawngtlai district deputy commissioner N. Chakkai administered oath of office and secrecy to BJP leader elected from Chhotapansury constituency in the recently concluded CADC polls.

Earlier, in the morning all the 19 newly elected members were also sworn in as Member of District Council (MDCs) with oath of office and secrecy by the deputy commissioner. 

General election to the 10th CADC held on April 20 had thrown hung house as no party won single majority after results were declared on April 24. The BJP won five, Congress six and the MNF emerged single largest party with 8 seats. Election to one seat was stayed by the Gauhati High Court following a complaint filed by MNF.

Shanti Jiban Chakma in his official address as CEM, hailed a new chapter in the history of CADC with BJP forming the government for the first time in Mizoram with the support of Congress.

He pledged for a corruption free government and said his government will work with the moto of the BJP – Sab KaSath, Sab KaVikash.

He said that the bureaucrats are paramount in the delivery of good governance and therefore, his government will ensure recruitment of Group A and B officers through proper process, free of interference due to favouritism and nepotism so that the administration of CADC is run by the best of the best minds.

He further stated that an independent recruitment board will be constituted to give shape to their promise.

He also lamented for the CADC lagging behind others in education with poorest record of literacy rate in the whole of Mizoram.

“Nothing can be as important as education for any society to progress. Education of our next general has to be treated as foundation of our future,” he said.

He said his government would take an endeavour to improve road condition and connect every village with PMGSY road and border roads.

The newly inducted CEM also named and announced seven members – Hiranand Tongchangya,  Sanjeev Chakma, Anil Kanti Chakma and KusumLota Chakma of the BJP and Bubon Kumar Chakma,Onish Moy Chakma and Mohan Chakma of the Congress to be included in his executive.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Buddha Lila Chakma from Vaseitlang constituency was elected as the new chairman of the council.

A session of the 10th CADC was summoned on Friday to conduct the election. The Governor appointed  HiranandTongchangya as protem Chairman to conduct election of the Chairman. Buddha Lila Chakma, who was projected by the ULP defeated his opponent H. Amaresh Chakma of Mizo National Front (MNF) by two margin.

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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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