Aizawl: With only a day left for the final formation of an executive body, political impasse still hovers over Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) as no single party has won a majority in the recently-concluded council polls.
Besides, no consensus has been be reached among the three parties with maximum votes for a coalition.
The MADC polls held on May 5 threw up a ‘hung house’ when results were declared on Monday as no contesting party has won a majority.
The BJP, which contested 24 seats, emerged as the single-largest party, winning 12 out of total 25 seats, one seat short of a simple majority, while the Mizo National Front (MNF), the ruling party in the state, bagged 9 and the Congress finished with 4 seats.
Highly-placed sources said that negotiations are on among the three leading parties for a post-poll alliance but no consensus could be reached till Thursday over any coalition.
Mara District Congress Committee (MDCC) president S Hiato said the party is in talks with the MNF and BJP.
He said the BJP wanted our elected members to join the saffron party, which is “unacceptable” for the Congress at any cost.
However, a BJP leader said that the Congress has insisted for a Chief Executive Member (CEM) post, three Executive Member (EM) posts and two nominated seats, which could not be granted by the BJP.
Hiato said that the MNF also offered a CEM berth, three EMs and one nominated seat to the Congress.
“However, our elected members are reluctant about a post-poll alliance as past instances indicate that MNF president and chief minister Zoramthanga was not in favour of the sixth schedule amendment to strengthen the council,” Hiato said.
The Congress leader also said the chance of a post-poll tie-up with the party’s main rival in the state is greater than the BJP.
He added that party leaders may be willing for a post-poll alliance if the MADC government is to be Congress- led. “Negotiations are still on with other parties and consensus is expected to reach soon,” he said.
Ironically, State Congress Legislature Party leader and party treasurer Zodintluanga had earlier told reporters that the party would not go for a post-poll tie-up with either the MNF or BJP, which is the Congress’ main rival at the Centre.
Earlier on Wednesday, state excise minister and MNF adviser Dr. K. Beichhua had told reporters in Siaha that the party is open to other parties for a post-poll alliance.
MNF vice president Vanlalzawma, however, ruled out any negotiations with the BJP.
The MNF is part of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) and ally of the NDA at the Centre, but the party does not work with the saffron party in the state.
Earlier, state BJP president Vanlalhmuaka had said that the saffron party would form an executive body as it is the single largest party.
He had said that some members from either the MNF or Congress, who want more power for the council, might be willing to join the BJP.
As per the election schedule, the last date for forming an executive body is fixed on May 13 (Friday). Siaha deputy commissioner Lalsangliana, who is the returning officer, said the President’s rule would be imposed in the MADC if no executive body is formed by the deadline.
MADC is one of the three ADCs in the state constituted for the Mara people.
The council has 25 elected members and 3 nominated members. It is headed by a Chief Executive Member.
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