BJP MDC Kusum Lota Chakma joins ruling MNF in Chakma Council

Aizawl: Two days after forging a post-poll alliance, the Mizo National Front (MNF)-Congress combine on Wednesday staked a claim to form an executive body in Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC), a party leader said.

MNF leader HC Lalmalsawma, who was tipped as the Deputy Chief Executive Member, said that the joint legislature party of MNF and Congress has sought approval from state governor Hari Babu Kambhampati to form the next government in MADC.

The governor is yet to give his consent as he is out of station now, he said.

Meanwhile, an MNF member from the Siaha South-II constituency N. Viakhu has been elected as the council Chairman during a session presided over by Protem chairman K.Hrahmo on Wednesday, officials said.

Besides N. Viakhu, incumbent CEM and BJP member from Amobyu constituency N. Zakhai has filed a nomination for the chairman.

While 13 members voted in favour of N. Viakhu, BJP leader N. Zakhai obtained 11 votes cast through ballot papers, officials said.

In an unexpected political turnover, four Congress members (MDCs) have tied up with arch-rival MNF to form an executive body in the Mara council much to the disappointment of Congress state headquarters.

According to the agreement signed by the joint legislature of MNF and Congress on Monday, former student leader and Congress member from Phura constituency H. Malvina were tipped for the Chief Executive Member (CEM), while HC Lalmalsawma Zasai would be the Deputy CEM and N. Viakhu the council chairman.

Of the existing 9 Executive Member (EM) posts, 3 would go the Congress and the remaining to the MNF.

According to the seat-sharing formula worked out on Monday, Congress would have one nominated seat and the remaining two by MNF.

Congress state headquarters has taken strong exception to the tie-up between Mara District Congress Committee (MDCC) and MNF in the Mara council.

State Congress president Lalsawta on Tuesday issued a statement stating that the party has taken the matter seriously and a show-cause notice would be served to the four Congress members for disobeying the party high command’s decision.

Lalsawta had said that the party Political Affairs Committee (PAC) had decided that a post-poll alliance should not be forged with any party and the four Congress MDCs would sit on the opposition bench as the Mara people gave their mandate to the Congress to sit in opposition.

He had said that the party would decide its future course of action once the four members gave explanations.

In the MADC polls held on May 5, the BJP emerged as the single largest party winning 12 out of 25 seats, while the MNF bagged 9 seats and Congress won 4 seats.

No party could win a majority in the poll’s results declared on May 9.

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