Aizawl, May 2 (zoramobserver.com): In a landmark development for the BJP in Mizoram, the party will form a council in Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, after the United Legislature Party (ULP) formed by elected Congress members intimated their willingness to support the party, a senior BJP leader said on Wednesday.
This will be the first BJP led administration in the political history of Mizoram.
State BJP general secretary Vanlalhmuaka announced at a press briefing at the party office here on Wednesday that the BJP led government supported by United Legislature Party would be formed in the CADC.
He said that six elected Congress members formed United Legislature Party by surrendering their party affiliation and gave unconditional support to the BJP led council.
“This is a historic event for the BJP in the political history of Mizoram as the first BJP led administration would be formed in the state,” he said.
He strictly maintains that the new council is the BJP led administration supported by ULP and not BJP-Congress coalition as the elected Congress had surrendered their party affiliation and formed ULP to support the BJP government.
The announcement of the formation of the BJP- ULP combined administration came within few hours after the governor Lt. Gen. NIrbhay Sharma (Rtd) gave final approval to the BJP’s legislature party.
State BJP vice-president Judy Zodingliani said the governor has finally approved BJP leader Santi Jiban Chakma to head the council as Chief Executive Member (CEM) on Wednesday.
She said that the swearing-in ceremony for the new council will be held on Friday at Chawngte, the council’s headquarter in Lawngtlai district.
The deputy commissioner of Lawngtlai district N Chakhai will administer oath of office and secrecy to the new CEM Santi Jiban Chakma and 10 others members, she said.
The general election to 20 members CADC held on 20 April had thrown a hung house after polls result were announced on 24 April. The BJP bagged 5 seats and Congress won 6 seats, while Mizo National Front (MNF) emerged single largest party by winning 8 seats. Election to one seat was stayed by the Gauhati High Court.
The CADC has 20 elected members while four members are nominated by the government, making the council a 24-member house.
The CDC is an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people living in South-Western Mizoram bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar. It was formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution in 1972.