Mizoram: MNF-Congress claim for Mara Council


Aizawl: Two days after the formation of the coalition after the polls, the Mizo National Front (MNF) -Congress coalition on Wednesday claimed to form an executive body in Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC), a party leader said.

MNF leader HC Lalmalsawma, who was identified as the deputy chief executive member, said the joint MNF-Congress legislature had approved the formation of the next government in the MADC with state governor Hari Babu Kambhampati . He said the governor had not yet given his consent as he was now out of the station.

Meanwhile, an MNF member from Siaha South-II constituency N. Viakhu was elected chairman of the council during a meeting chaired by Protem chairman K. Hrahmo on Wednesday, officials said.

In addition to N. Viakhu, N. Zakhai, a BJP member from the current CEM and Amobyu constituency, has filed nomination papers for the chairmanship.

Officials said that while 13 members voted in favor of N. Viakhu, BJP leader N. Zakhai got 11 votes cast through ballot papers.
In an unexpected political change, four members of Congress (MDCs) have struck a deal with rival MNF to form an executive body in Mara Council, much to the dismay of the Congress state headquarters.
According to an agreement signed by the MNF and the joint congressional legislature on Monday, H. Malvina, a former student leader and Congressman from Pura constituency, was nominated for the post of chief executive member (CEM), while HC Lalmalsawma Zasai, deputy CEM, was nominated. And N. Council Chairman Viakhu.

Of the current 9 Executive Member (EM) positions, 3 will go to the Congress and the rest to the MNF.

According to the seat-sharing formula worked out on Monday, the Congress will have one nominated seat and the other two will be with the MNF.

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