After a decade long gap, the mandate of Mizoram state assembly elections has come in favour of the Mizo National Front (MNF). The rebel turned political party has been given a chance by the people of the state which is hoping for major issues like infrastructure, immigration and education to be dealt with in the state.
MNF has won 26 seats with a vote count of 2, 37, 047 votes i.e. 37.6% of the total 40 seats. Congress after a decade’s rule has been reduced to five seats from 34 seats which was the party’s seat share in 2013. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which contested in the state for the first time has gained only a single seat leaving the rest eight seats for the independent posts. Present CM of the state Lal Thanhwala from Congress lost his Champhai South seat to Mizo National Front’s T J Lalnuntulanga.
The State went for polling in a single phase on November 28. The total voter turnout was 80 per cent. Although CM Lal Thanhawla was eyeing a third term in the state, the people of the state decided to vote him out. No party in Mizoram has been able to have a third consecutive term since 1987.
The tenure of this Assembly will end on December 15, 2018. In the 40-member Legislative Assembly, any political party needs at least 21 seats to secure a simple majority in the State. In the last Assembly elections in 2013, the Congress had won a record 34 seats as against MNF’s meager five seats, while others getting a lone seat.