Aizawl: Mizoram ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) on Friday won the Rajya Sabha poll, which saw a triangular contest for the lone seat.
MNF nominee K Vanlalvena secured 27 votes out of the 39 polled to defeat his arch-rival B Lalchhanzova of Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM). Congress nominee Dr Lallianchunga secured five votes to occupy the third position.
BJP legislator Dr Buddha Dhan Chakma did not cast his vote.
Speaking to reporters after his successful election, K Vanlalvena said he would try his best for the welfare and development of the state.
He thanked chief minister and MNF president Zoramthanga, party MLAs and workers for giving him opportunity and extending support.
The 50-year-old former student leader-turned-politician also lauded the party policy and ideology as the best for developing the state.
Born in January 1970 at East Lungdar village in Serchhip district, K Vanlalvena worked as high school teacher under the state government after he graduated science from Pachhunga University College (PUC) in 1993.
During his college days, he had been actively involved in students’ politics and served as the vice president of state apex student body, Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), for two consecutive years and president of the student organisation for one term.
During his stint as a student leader, over 20,000 foreigners were removed from the state electoral rolls due to intense agitation by students.
He made his entry into politics in 2002 where he was appointed as general secretary of MNF youth wing and later as president of the youth wing.
In 2015, he had unsuccessfully contested the assembly by-polls to Aizawl North-III seat and lost to Congress nominee Lal Thanzara.
Vanlalvena is currently a member of the national core committee of the MNF. This is the third time MNF is winning the Rajya Sabha polls after a hiatus of six years.
The last MNF Rajya Sabha member was Lalhmingliana. He won the seat for two consecutive terms in 2002 and 2008.
The incumbent RS member from Mizoram is Ronald Sapa Tlau of Congress. His term will expire on July 18.