Mizoram Assembly Election 2018: The Zee News Maha exit poll for Mizoram, which witnessed voting on November 28, is expected to be out on December 7 after 5.30 PM. The state is witnessing a tough contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and Mizo National Front (MNF). A total of 73 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the single-phase election on 40 Assembly seats.
The state is currently ruled by the Congress which has 34 seats in the Assembly. Incumbent Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has said that he will not ally with any of the Opposition parties even if his party fails to secure a majority. He is running for a third straight term and facing a tough contest from MNF’s Zoramthanga.
Major political parties are the Congress, the Mizo National Front (MNF), Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC), the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma’s National People’s Party (NPP) and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Since 1987, two parties have ruled the state — the Congress and the Mizoram National Party (MNF). The BJP is contesting 39 seats this time. MNF is going it alone in the Assembly elections. Though the BJP is not expected to win, it is speculated to play the kingmaker once the results are out.
The counting of votes for Mizoram Assembly Election 2018 is scheduled for December 11. The results will also be announced on the same day in the state, along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.