ZPM wrests power in Mizoram, new govt likely to assume office soon


Aizawl, Dec 4 (IANS): The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) headed by IPS officer-turned-politician Lalduhoma secured an absolute majority wresting power for the first time in Mizoram on Monday and delivering a crushing defeat to the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF).

Accepting the defeat, outgoing Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga would be meeting Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati in the Raj Bhavan before the evening to submit his resignation letter.

The ZPM has won 25 seats and is leading in two seats in the 40-member Assembly while the MNF won seven seats and is leading in three seats so far as the counting of votes is underway in different districts.

The opposition Congress, which governed the mountainous border state for many years, was leading in only one seat -- Lawngtlai West seat.

BJP candidate and former MNF Minister K. Beichhua, who joined the saffron party weeks before the November 7 Assembly election, and his party colleague K. Hrahmo won their Siaha and Palak seats respectively. Both the saffron party candidates defeated their MNF opponents.

Former Mizoram Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, who quit MNF days before the polls and joined BJP, lost his Mamit seat to the MNF candidate H. Lalzirliana.

In the 2018 elections, MNF bagged 26 of the 40 member-Assembly, while the ZPM got eight seats. The Congress had bagged five seats and the BJP had managed to win one seat in the last elections.

ZPM’s President and party’s Chief Ministerial candidate Lalduhoma in a multi corner contest retained his Serchhip seat defeating his nearest MNF rival J. Malsawmzuala Vanchhawng by a margin of 2,983 votes while most of the prominent nominees of the party were leading in their respective seats.

The IPS officer-turned-politician Lalduhoma, who secured 8,314 votes, was elected to the state Assembly for the second consecutive time.

ZPM Chief Ministerial candidate Lalduhoma after winning his seat told the media that on Tuesday or Wednesday he would meet the state Governor to stake his claim to form the government and the swearing-in ceremony would be held within this month.

MNF candidate and Chief Minister Zoramthanga lost his Aizawl East-1 seat where ZPM nominee Lalthansanga won by a margin of 2,101 votes.

Deputy Chief Minister and MNF candidate Tawnluia also his Tuichang seat to ZPM’s W. Chhuanawma by a margin of 909 votes.

Several other MNF Ministers also lost their respective seats.

State Congress President Lalsawta lost his Aizawl West-III seat to ZPM candidate V.L. Zaithanzama by a margin of 4,582 votes.

Though his party increased the number of seats from one to two, BJP Mizoram state President Vanlalhmuaka lost his Dampa seat to MNF candidate Lalrintluanga Sailo by a margin of 310 votes.

The counting of votes for the Mizoram Assembly polls, held on November 7, began at 8 a.m. amid elaborate security arrangements in all 11 districts of the state.

Additional Chief Electoral Officer H. Lianzela said that initially postal ballots were counted and then the counting of votes polled through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was taken up.

Over 4,000 officials, including women, were engaged in the counting process. These officials were posted at 40 counting halls under 13 centres in 11 districts, the official told IANS.

Director General of Police Anil Shukla said that adequate security measures were in place for the smooth conduct of the counting process. Adequate contingents of Central Armed Police Forces and Mizoram Armed Police have been deployed across the state to maintain law and order.

More than 80 per cent of the 8.57 lakh voters exercised their franchise to decide the electoral fate of 174 candidates, including 16 women.

The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), the main Opposition Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) and the Congress had fielded candidates from all 40 seats while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) contested four seats.

The BJP had fielded candidates on 23 seats with a special focus on linguistic minority inhabited areas, especially where the Reang and Chakma tribal communities are in good numbers in the voters' list. Besides them, 27 independent candidates were also in the fray.


Election results LIVE Updates 

Mizoram (40; target 21)
BJP - 2
Cong - 1
MNF - 10
ZPM - 27
Others - 0



Earlier report

Daijiworld Media Network - New Dehli

New Delhi, Dec 4: The counting of votes for the Mizoram Assembly elections are set to be held on Monday December 4: The Election Commission of India had revised the date of counting of votes for same fromn December 3 to December 4.

The poll body said that the date has been revised as several representations were received from various quarters of the state to change the vote counting day. It said the decision was taken on the ground that Sunday holds a special significance for the people of Mizoram, a Christian-majority state.

The voting for the Mizoram Assembly Election 2023 was held on November 7. A total of 80.66 percent of voters turnout was recorded in the state.

In the 2023 polls, the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) faces a challenge from the Zoram People's Movement (ZPM), the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

As per poll of polls analysis, Mizoram is likely to witness a hung assembly with no party crossing the majority mark of 21 seats. The exit polls also hint at a major setback for Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga's party Mizo National Front (MNF). The analysis revealed that the Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) is likely to win 19-20 seats, while the ruling MNF may bag only 12-13 seats in the state. A political party needs to win 21 seats to form government in Mizoram.





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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Dec 05 2023

    Glad they elected Honest & Educated ...

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Tiny but thoroughly well educated state. Present CM is a qualified Doctor and Mr. Lalduhoma, heading ZPM is IPS officer-turned-politician. Mizos always choose leaders who are well educated and having good moral standards to lead the Govt. Christian mojority state, ZPM was advocating to ban liquor in state because open policy has impacted the quality of lives of people specially the youth ! He got good support of people.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    people of mizoram are educated and intelligent...they saw what the changu and mangu did in manipur to systematically eradicate the minorities and showed blue j pigs their place...no more saffron party in north east..

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    yenchina mare ..talk something logical ..your hatred toward BJP is understood but talk sense...

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  • Golibaje, Bajegoli

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Small state fair'result no need EVM to check.

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  • Rajesh pai, Udupi

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    Both BJP, Congress loosing there.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Dec 04 2023

    We pray for the Honest ...

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