For the second time Zoramthanga swears in as Chief Minister of Mizoram
In the latest development, the Mizo National Front leader, Zoramthanga assumed office as Chief Minister of Mizoram today. Zoramthanga is becoming the Chief Minister of Mizoram for the second time as he had assumed the post during 1998 to 2008. In the recently concluded Assembly polls, his part rode to power trouncing the Congress party, which was ruling for the last two terms under the leadership of Lal Thanawala. This time around, MNF had fared really well, thus pushing the Congress to the third slot, the latter managing to win only five seats in the 40 member Legislative Assembly. Leading from the front, Zoramthanga entered the campaign fray with power packed speeches that fetched the Mizo National Front as many as 26 seats, whereas, the Congress party’s coalition partner, Zoram People’s Movement emerged second largest winner, bagging eight seats to become the Principal Opposition Party.
The ZPM had only last year forged alliance with the Congress and other non-MNF parties, thought that despite anti-incumbency factor the coalition could sail through. But when the poll results came, MNF emerged a winner. The BJP showed dismal record at the hustings as the party could gain only a solitary seat, that too in the Chakma dominated Tuichawng Constituency in the Chakma Autonomous District Council. Immediately after the result, Zoramthanga had said that all his predictions came true, as he had foretasted that MNF would get between 25 and 30 seats, which in reality had won 26 seats. He had also predicted that the Congress would win only less than ten seats and that too turned true. The new Chief Minister said he would focus on the development of Mizoram, going forward.