File photo of Union Minister John Barla campaigning in Mara council elections for the BJP.

Aizawl: Mizoram state BJP president Vanlalhmuaka on Tuesday said that the BJP would stake claim to form a government in the Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) in south Mizoram’s Siaha district.

The 25-member council on Monday threw up a ‘hung house’ with the BJP emerging as the single largest party winning 12 out 25 seats, 1 seat short of a majority after polls results were declared.

The Mizo National Front (MNF), which is the ruling party in the state, has bagged 9 seats. The Congress won 4 seats.

“We will stake claim to form the government as we are the single largest party. I hope some members from either MNF or Congress, who want the enhancement of power for the council, will support and join us,” Vanlalhmuaka said.

The BJP president, however, ruled out any post-poll alliance or coalition government with rivals MNF and Congress.

“We will not form a coalition government with either MNF or Congress. We will form a government on our own and I hope some members from MNF or Congress will join us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Congress Legislature Party leader and party treasurer Zodintluanga told reporters on Tuesday that Congress would not form a post-poll alliance with rivals MNF and BJP.

Expressing gratitude to the people for electing four Congress candidates, Zodintluanga said that the people want us to be on the opposition bench and that is why the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Congress has decided not to work with either MNF or BJP.

Polling for the 25-member MADC was held on May 5 and results were declared on Monday. At least 85 candidates, including 5 independents, were in the fray for the council polls.

The MNF had fielded all the 25 seats, BJP (24), Congress (23) and Zoram People’s Movement, which contested the council polls for the first time, had fielded 8 seats.

A total of 85.11 per cent of votes have been polled.

The Mizoram State Election Commission has fixed May 13 as the last date for the formation of the executive body.

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