Mizoram Northeast

BJP emerges as largest party in Mizoram’s MADC polls

Big victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) polls in Mizoram after it emerged as the single largest party but failed to get an absolute majority by one seat.

District officials informed that while BJP won 12 of the total 25 seats, Mizoram’s ruling party, Mizo National Front (MNF), bagged 9. The other four seats were won by Congress.
“No party was able to secure 13 seats or more, which is required for absolute majority,” Siaha deputy commissioner Lalsangliana, who’s also the returning officer for the polls,” said.
“We will now have to wait for a post-poll alliance for the formation of the new council. The tenure of the present council ends on May 15 and the new one has to take charge before that,” he added.
There’s no reaction yet from BJP and MNF on whether they will come together to control power in MADC. While MNF is part of the NDA government at the Centre and also a member of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), both parties don’t have a power-sharing deal in Mizoram, which has one BJP MLA among the total 40 legislators in the state assembly.
The election to the MADC was held on May 5. Of the total 85 candidates in the fray, 25 were from MNF, 24 from BJP, 23 from Congress, 8 from Zoram Peoples’ Movement (ZPM), and 5 Independent candidates.

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