Zoramthanga to be sworn in as Mizoram CM
Mizo National Front (MNF) President Zoramthanga would be sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Mizoram on December 15, 2018 at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
The state’s Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan formally invited Zoramthanga on December 12 to form the next government in the state after receiving the signed notification of the result from the Election Commission. Zoramthanga-led MNF had staked claim to form the government on December 11 after his party secured a landslide victory by winning 26 seats in the 40-member Mizoram House.
The Governor also dissolved the seventh state legislative assembly during the day to pave the way for the constitution of the eighth assembly. Outgoing Congress Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla had submitted his resignation an hour before Zoramthanga had staked the claim.
According to officials, it is not clear whether all 12 members of the council of ministers would be sworn-in along with Zoramthanga on December 15.
• The 74-year-old rebel-turned-politician was a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga.
• When the Mizo Freedom Movement started in 1966, Zoramthanga had joined the underground movement and moved to the jungle. He was offered the position of a secretary for Run Bung Area, a responsibility he held for three years.
• The MNF President, Laldenga, engaged him as his Secretary, a job that he held for a period of seven years. In 1979, he was given the responsibility of the Vice President.
• When the Mizo National Front formed the government in 1987 under the leadership of Laldenga, he was appointed as the Minister of Finance and Education.
• He was second in command to Laldenga during the secession movement of Mizo National Front and became the successor as party leader in 1990 when Laldenga passed away.
• In 1998 Mizoram state assembly elections, Zoramthanga led MNF to victory and became the 5th Chief Minister of the state. He was re-elected in the 2003 elections.
• However, his party lost the 2008 Assembly elections to the Indian National Congress. Zoramthanga had contested from both North & South Champhai and lost in both constituencies. The MNF faced another heavy defeat in the 2013 elections.
The MNF returned to power with a full majority in Mizoram’s 40-member state legislature after a decade which saw the crumbling of the last Congress bastion in the northeast.
In a crystal clear mandate, the MNF won 26 seats, while the newly-formed unregistered Zoram Peoples Movement secured eight seats, which is three more than the outgoing Congress that won just 5 seats.
The BJP opened its account for the first time in the state by bagging one seat.
MNF’s massive win unseated five-time Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla of the Congress party, who lost both the seats he was contesting from.
The state had gone for polling in a single phase on November 28, 2018. The voter turnout was recorded at around 80 percent, against what was 83.41 percent in 2013.