Aizwal: Even though it fell one seat short of majority, the BJP has staked claim to set up an executive body in Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) in south Mizoram’s Siaha district, a party leader said on Friday.

State BJP president Vanlalhmuaka said that the saffron party has staked a claim to form the executive body before Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati on Thursday.

“Although we fall one seat short of majority, we have staked claim to form the government. Our position as majority will be proved on the floor,” Vanlalhmuaka said.

He said that a crucial floor test will be conducted within 30 days after the appointment of a chairman by the Governor as per council rules.

He said that the Governor is likely to appoint a chairman by May 18.

Vanlakhmuaka hoped that at least a member or two from other two winning parties-Mizo National Front (MNF) and Congress will join the BJP before the floor test.

Meanwhile, the first sitting of the council was convened on Friday under the chairmanship of protem chairman K. Hrahmo, a BJP member from Chakhei constituency, an official said.

However, the session was adjourned sine die without any conduct of business and after each Legislature party leader delivered introductory speech. 

Sources said that bargaining and negotiation are getting strong among the three winning parties. The last date for formation of an executive body ends on Friday.

Polling for the MADC was held on May 5.

In the polls results, which were declared on Monday, BJP, which had contested 24 seats, emerged as the single largest party winning 12 seats, one seat short of the magic number.

The MNF, which is in power in the state, won 9 seats out of 25 seats it had contested, while the Congress bagged 4. 

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