MNF’s Zothantluanga won the Aizawl West-I assembly by-election by a margin of 7,167 votes Credit: Facebook

Aizawl: Mizo National Front (MNF) candidate Zothantluanga, who successfully contested the Aizawl West-I assembly seat in the assembly by-polls held recently was sworn in as a new member of the state assembly on Tuesday.

Assembly speaker Lalrinliana Sailo administered oath of affirmation to Zothantluanga at a function held at the former’s office chamber in Aizawl on Tuesday afternoon. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by chief minister Zoramthanga, his cabinet colleagues and MLAs, among others.

The MNF candidate had defeated Lalbuanga Sailo, a joint candidate of opposition Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM)-Congress combine by a margin of 7,167 votes in the assembly by-polls held simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls on April 11.

With Zothantluanga’s victory the ruling MNF tally rose from 26 to 27 in the 40-member Mizoram legislative assembly. In the remaining assembly seats, ZPM has seven, congress has five seats while the Bharatiya Janta Party has one seat.

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