Aizawl: The Mizo National Front (MNF) comes back to power after a decade by ousting the ruling Congress which has served two terms in the north-eastern state. The MNF returned to power after a decade by bagging a total of 26 seats. The Congress won 4 seats while the Independents got eight seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party succeds in opening its account in the north-eastern state, by capturing two seats.
Further, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has lost Champhai South seat to MNF’s TJ Lalnuntluanga, and another one, Serchhip to Zoram People’s Movement’s (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma.
The main parties in the fray were the Congress, Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Vidhan Sabha elections are important because this will have a strong impact on the upcoming Lok Sabha election 2019.
Mizoram Assembly Election 2018, on all the 40 Vidhan Sabha constituencies, was held in a single phase on November 28, 2018. The counting of the votes polled in the Mizoram Assembly Election 2018 will take place today, along with other four states. The Assembly Election 2018 schedule was declared on October 6 and the model code of conduct came into force soon after the announcement by the Election Commission (EC).
VVPAT machines were used during the polling process on November 28. The main parties contesting in the Mizoram Assembly Election 2018 are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress party, National People’s Party (NPP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Mizo National Front (MNF). The tenure of 40-member Assembly in Mizoram, the only Congress-ruled state in the northeast, expires on December 15.
Since 1987, two parties have ruled the state — the Congress and the Mizoram National Party (MNF). 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. 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 may play the kingmaker once the results are out.
Meanwhile, as per exit polls prediction, the Congress seems headed towards losing bitterly to Opposition MDF in the state. This would mean the grand old party losing the only state it had in N-E. For Mizoram, Zee News Maha Exit poll has predicted 18 seats for the MNF while the Congress’ tally would drop to 16 from 34 in 2013. According to Times Now-CNX, MNF will attain 18 seats while the Congress will win 16 seats. The exit polls by Republic-C-Voter showed the MNF getting between 16 and 20 seats. In the 40-seat Assembly, 21 seats would mean a clear majority.
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