Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): The 20-member Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district threw up hung council as no single party won a majority after polls results were announced on Tuesday.
The Mizo National Front (MNF) which contested all the 20 seats has emerged the single largest party by winning eight seats, while the BJP, for the first time, has made inroad in Mizoram by bagging five seats, one seat short of the ruling Congress, which bagged six seats to its kitty.
Among the elected MNF member include former legislator and present MNF Lawngtlai district president Rashik Mohan Chakma from Borapansury-I.
Election was held in 19 constituencies as the Aizawl bench of the Gauhati High Court stayed election in Fultuli constituency following a complaint raised by opposition MNF after its candidate Sumir Tongchongya was disqualified by Returning Officer (RO) N Chakhai on the ground that he was a muster roll employee and that his election agent did not provide necessary documents.
Counting of votes was held at the council’s headquarters in Chawngte and the official results were declared by the Returning Officer N Chakhai, who is the Deputy Commissioner of Lawngtlai district,
Polling for 19 member seats, out of a total 20, was held on April 20. 27,038 voters out of the total 29,444 electorates exercised franchise in 66 polling stations. The total voter turnout was 91.83 per cent.
Altogether, 66 candidates were in the fray for the CADC polls. The ruling Congress and opposition MNF have fielded 20 candidates each, while the BJP fielded 19 seats and there were 7 independent candidates. None of the independent candidates managed to secure seat.
Meanwhile, MNF president Zoramthanga told a press conference on Tuesday that the MNF will stake claim to form a coalition government with BJP to jointly run the council.
MNF is a constituent of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which was formed to make Congress free-state in North East region.
Speaking to reporters here, the former chief minister of Mizoram said talks are going on at Chawngte between the MNF and BJP.
“A legislature party will be formed after which portfolios will be distributed among the elected members,” he said.
He said that the MNF’s victory in eight seats was a major comeback and the election results were a harbinger of the upcoming assembly election due later this year.
“Election results were the impact of rampant corruption by Congress in CADC as the entire Chakma community refused to vote it to power,” he said.
Speaking to zoramobserver.com, BJP president Prof. JV Hluna hailed the BJP’s victory as major achievement.
Though they were happy about the results of the poll, they have not achieved their target as they were expecting at least 11-12 seats, he added.
“We are excited about the results of the poll as it is a start from zero to five. It is a major achievement for the BJP in Mizoram, which never won the election before,” the jubilant leader said.
He said that his party will tie up with MNF to form a coalition government in the council as per the directive from New Delhi.
“BJP general secretary in charge of NE and J&K Ram Madav has spoken to the MNF to work together. I hope we will form the coalition government in the CADC,” he said, adding that Congress has also cajoled for tie up but they rejected it.
The CADC has 20 elected members while four members are nominated by the government, making the Council a 24-member house.
In the last election held in 2013, Congress won a majority by bagging 17 seats out of 20, while MNF bagged three. However, one MNF candidate later joined Congress and in the subsequent by-election, the party lost to BJP candidates, who later joined Congress.