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New government led by Zoram People’s Movement to take charge in Mizoram on Friday

In the Assembly election results declared on Monday, ZPM stunned pollsters and pundits, who had predicted a hung House, by winning 27 of 40 Assembly seats to unseat the Mizo National Front (MNF)

Umanand Jaiswal Guwahati Published 06.12.23, 07:15 AM
Zoram People’s Movement chief Lalduhoma.

Zoram People’s Movement chief Lalduhoma. PTI picture

The new Mizoram government, led by the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), will be sworn in on Friday.

Officials said the swearing-in would take place at Raj Bhavan on Friday, barring last-minute changes in the plan or the venue owing to inclement weather.

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In the Assembly election results declared on Monday, ZPM stunned pollsters and pundits, who had predicted a hung House, by winning 27 of 40 Assembly seats to unseat the Mizo National Front (MNF).

The MNF won 10 seats, the BJP two and the Congress one.

In 2018, the MNF won 26 seats, the Congress five and the BJP one.

The ZPM’s newly-elected MLAs were slated to meet in Aizawl on Tuesday night to elect Lalduhoma as their legislature party leader and discuss issues related to the government formation.

The party had fought the elections by projecting Lalduhoma, a former IPS officer, ex-MP and sitting MLA, as the chief ministerial candidate.

The ZPM was born out of the alliance of two regional parties and five groups trying to build a better Mizoram in 2017. It got the Election Commission of India’s recognition only in 2019.

Lalduhoma had been one of the key persons to give shape to the ZPM and projected it as an alternative to the MNF and the Congress.

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