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Mizoram assembly election 2018: Poll machinery ready for free and fair elections, says chief electoral officer

The Congress has been in power in Mizoram since 2008 and is eyeing a third consecutive term. In the 2013 elections, the Congress had won 34 seats, while the MNF got five and the Mizoram People’s Conference one.
The election machinery is fully prepared to conduct free and fair polls to the 40-member Mizoram Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, the state’s chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra said Monday.(AFP Photo)
The election machinery is fully prepared to conduct free and fair polls to the 40-member Mizoram Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, the state’s chief electoral officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra said Monday.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2018 07:29 PM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Mizoram assembly election: BJP in centre, state will take Mizoram to new heights, says PM Modi

The saffron party has been contesting polls in Mizoram since 1993, but has failed to win any seat in the Christian-dominated state. This time it has fielded 39 candidates in the total 40 seats in the November 28 assembly elections and hopes to play a key role in formation of the next government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in Mizoram ahead of the November 28 assembly elections (FilePhoto)(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned in Mizoram ahead of the November 28 assembly elections (FilePhoto)(PTI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2018 08:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar

Mizoram CM among nine candidates facing criminal cases: Report

Mizo National Front (MNF) president and former chief minister Zoramthanga is another bigwig fighting criminal charges, the report of the Mizoram Election Watch (MEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said.
Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is among the nine candidates facing criminal cases out of over 20(PTI)
Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is among the nine candidates facing criminal cases out of over 20(PTI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2018 02:55 PM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Mizoram assembly elections 2018: National People’s Party key in polls, says Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma

Mizoram assembly elections 2018: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma-led National People’s Party (NPP) is trying to woo the tribals and Christians in poll-bound Mizoram , hoping to make inroads into another state in the country’s northeast.
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said his party NPP is the only one working for tribespeople and Christians.(PTI/File Photo)
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said his party NPP is the only one working for tribespeople and Christians.(PTI/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2018 06:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Mizoram polls: NPP plays tribal, Christian card to expand footprint

The BJP has become the biggest political force in the northeast in the past two years. From being a marginal player, the party has formed governments in four states of the region and is part of the ruling coalition in another two.
A polling official marks a voter with indelible ink prior to casting a ballot inside a polling station at Bungthuam in Mizoram.(HT File Photo)
A polling official marks a voter with indelible ink prior to casting a ballot inside a polling station at Bungthuam in Mizoram.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2018 06:48 PM IST
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Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Regional grouping ZPM may dent Congress, MNF, BJP poll prospects in Mizoram

Six small regional parties have come together under the Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM)’s banner to contest the November 28 polls in Mizoram. ZPM is hoping to provide an alternative to the Congress and MNF as well as nix the BJP’s attempt to extend its influence to the Christian-majority state.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with his supporters during an election rally in Champai, Mizoram, Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018.(PTI)
Congress President Rahul Gandhi with his supporters during an election rally in Champai, Mizoram, Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 23, 2018 12:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

Mizoram assembly election: Bru refugees living in Tripura to vote in inter-state village

The place of voting for 11,232 Bru voters has become the most controversial issue in the run up to the Mizoram Assembly polls, leading to replacement of the Chief Electoral Officer SB Shashank in less than two weeks ahead of the elections to the 40-member House.
Displaced Bru refugee families board a bus to return to Mizoram as part of a home ministry-sponsored rehabilitation package, in Agartala, Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018. Those still living in Tripura will cast their votes in an inter-border village in Mizoram’s Mamit district during the November 28 assembly elections.(PTI File)
Displaced Bru refugee families board a bus to return to Mizoram as part of a home ministry-sponsored rehabilitation package, in Agartala, Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018. Those still living in Tripura will cast their votes in an inter-border village in Mizoram’s Mamit district during the November 28 assembly elections.(PTI File)
Updated on Nov 21, 2018 11:55 AM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Development in Mizoram on vacation under Congress, says former CM Zoramthanga

With the ruling Congress battling anti-incumbency and desertions, the MNF is confident of returning to power after a 10-year gap. The state votes for a new assembly on November 28.
Former Mizoram chief minister and MNF president Zoramthanga.(HT Photo)
Former Mizoram chief minister and MNF president Zoramthanga.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 21, 2018 01:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByUtpal Parashar

Mizoram assembly polls: Chakma community set to bet on BJP

The Congress claims that it will win both the Chakma-majority constituencies.
People gather to attend BJP president Amit Shah’s rally in Lawngtlai on November 20.(Amit Shah/Twitter Photo)
People gather to attend BJP president Amit Shah’s rally in Lawngtlai on November 20.(Amit Shah/Twitter Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2018 11:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | BySadiq Naqvi

BJP manifesto for Mizoram: Mizo language to be added in Eight Schedule

The manifesto was released by party general secretary Ram Madhav in Aizawl. BJP president Amit Shah was scheduled to release it, but could not do so as he was behind schedule in his tour to the southern and northern tip of the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders during the party's Central Election Committee meeting for the Assembly polls in Mizoram, at party headquarters in New Delhi.(AP Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other leaders during the party's Central Election Committee meeting for the Assembly polls in Mizoram, at party headquarters in New Delhi.(AP Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2018 07:16 PM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Mizoram assembly elections 2018: Liquor ban a poll issue for all parties

All major political parties say they are serious when it comes to liquor -- whether to ban it or not, and whether to ban it fully or partially.
While the ruling Congress is against total prohibition, the main opposition MNF wants a complete ban on liquor(Hindustan Times file photo)
While the ruling Congress is against total prohibition, the main opposition MNF wants a complete ban on liquor(Hindustan Times file photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2018 08:54 PM IST
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Mizoram assembly elections: BJP has never recorded a win but it’s a poll issue this time

Mizoram assembly elections: In a state where Christians comprise 87% of the population, the BJP’s pro-Hindutva image doesn’t have many takers. But most agree that it might not just open its account, but could influence government formation as well, in the event of a hung verdict.
Five years ago, BJP fielded 17 candidates for the 40 assembly seats in Meghalaya. But it garnered just 0.37% vote share (2,139 votes).(AFP)
Five years ago, BJP fielded 17 candidates for the 40 assembly seats in Meghalaya. But it garnered just 0.37% vote share (2,139 votes).(AFP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2018 09:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Aizawl | ByUtpal Parashar

Ban on liquor may return in Mizoram after assembly polls as parties strive to woo voters

In 2015, the state’s Congress government lifted a ban on liquor imposed since 1997. But there is opposition to lifting of the ban by some regional parties and church bodies in the state.
Mizoram is gearing up for assembly elections on November 28.(AFP File Photo)
Mizoram is gearing up for assembly elections on November 28.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2018 07:48 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Aizawl | ByUtpal Parashar

Mizoram’s top election officer Shashank removed days before polls following protests

The protesters had asked Shashank to quit by November 5 and leave the state after the principal secretary (home), Lalninmawia Chuaungo, was removed following the chief electoral officer’s complaint against him.
Thousands of people gathered outside the office of Mizoram’s chief electoral officer, S B Shashank, in Aizawl on Tuesday seeking his removal weeks before the November 28 assembly elections.(AFP File Photo)
Thousands of people gathered outside the office of Mizoram’s chief electoral officer, S B Shashank, in Aizawl on Tuesday seeking his removal weeks before the November 28 assembly elections.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2018 07:30 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByUtpal Parashar

Mizoram Election 2018: Anti-incumbency is not a factor this time, says CM Lal Thanhawla

In the 2013 polls, Congress came to power by winning 34 of the 40 seats in the assembly. But in recent months, five of those legislators , including party vice-president and home minister R Lalzirliana, have left the party to join rivals.
Chief minister of Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla.(PTI Photo)
Chief minister of Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2018 07:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Aizawl | ByUtpal Parashar

Mizoram election 2018: Women’s big fight for political space

Among the 40 elected legislators who take crucial decisions on shaping the state’s future, only one is a woman. As Mizoram goes to polls one more time on November 28, the scenario isn’t likely to change much. The ruling Congress has given an election ticket to just one woman, Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu, the lone woman in the assembly who is also a minister.
Among the 40 elected legislators in Mizoram who take crucial decisions on shaping the state’s future, only one is a woman. As Mizoram goes to polls one more time on November 28, the scenario isn’t likely to change much.(PTI)
Among the 40 elected legislators in Mizoram who take crucial decisions on shaping the state’s future, only one is a woman. As Mizoram goes to polls one more time on November 28, the scenario isn’t likely to change much.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 11, 2018 07:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Aizwal | ByUtpal Parashar

Ahead of Mizoram Assembly elections 2018, Election Commission seeks names for state CEO’s post

Thousands of people had protested and organised a picketing in front of the CEO’s office for two days since Tuesday against the alleged intention of Shashank to facilitate exercise of franchise by Bru voters in the relief camps in Tripura.
The Election Commission Saturday initiated the process of finding an alternative to Mizoram chief electoral officer who is facing a massive agitation for his ouster by a conglomerate of civil society and student organisations.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
The Election Commission Saturday initiated the process of finding an alternative to Mizoram chief electoral officer who is facing a massive agitation for his ouster by a conglomerate of civil society and student organisations.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2018 07:57 PM IST
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Mizoram impasse ends after EC team meets protesting NGOs

The standoff started on October 29 with CEO SB Shashank complaining to the EC about alleged interference in the revision of electoral rolls of Bru refugees.
A view office of Election Commission of India at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
A view office of Election Commission of India at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2018 11:41 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Guwahati | ByUtpal Parashar

211 contestants file nominations for Mizoram assembly elections

Elections will be held in Mizoram on November 28.
Polling officials put an ink mark on a voter's finger after during panchayat election at a polling booth in Howrah district of West Bengal.(PTI File Photo/Representative image)
Polling officials put an ink mark on a voter's finger after during panchayat election at a polling booth in Howrah district of West Bengal.(PTI File Photo/Representative image)
Updated on Nov 09, 2018 07:20 PM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Mizoram polls: Debutant National People’s Party to contest in 8 seats

Party national secretary Lalrina said the party candidates would be filing their nominations either on Thursday or Friday, which is the last date of filing nominations.
Mizoram goes to poll on November 28.(AFP File Photo)
Mizoram goes to poll on November 28.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2018 05:41 PM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Mizoram chief minister writes to PM Modi, seeks chief electoral officer’s removal

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the immediate removal of state Chief Electoral Officer S B Shashank.
Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the immediate removal of state Chief Electoral Officer S B Shashank.(HT File Photo)
Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the immediate removal of state Chief Electoral Officer S B Shashank.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 05, 2018 07:21 PM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Tight security for Mizoram poll officer after exit demand

Accusing the chief electoral officer of working against the spirit of “free, fair and peaceful” polls in Mizoram, an NGO had urged the authorities to replace him.
Security of the chief electoral officer of poll-bound Mizoram has been beefed up following demand for his exit from the state by Monday, police said Saturday.(AFP File Photo)
Security of the chief electoral officer of poll-bound Mizoram has been beefed up following demand for his exit from the state by Monday, police said Saturday.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2018 07:23 PM IST
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Aizawl | ByPress Trust of India

Election Commission removes top Mizo official ahead of polls, triggers political storm

The Election Commission on Friday ordered immediate removal of a senior IAS officer accused of meddling in revision of electoral rolls in poll-bound Mizoram.
More than 32,000 Brus had fled Mizoram following ethnic clashes in 1997 and have been living in relief camps in Tripura. Several parties and groups in Mizoram feel they should not be allowed to cast votes for the assembly polls in the relief camps in Tripura.(File Photo)
More than 32,000 Brus had fled Mizoram following ethnic clashes in 1997 and have been living in relief camps in Tripura. Several parties and groups in Mizoram feel they should not be allowed to cast votes for the assembly polls in the relief camps in Tripura.(File Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2018 08:41 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Aizawl | ByUtpal Parashar

Infighting scars Mizoram Congress ahead of assembly elections

Four legislators had earlier quit the Congress following differences with Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla. The defections came just before the elections even as the Congress is seeking to retain its last bastion in the country’s Northeastern region.
Mizoram CM Lal Thanwala is contesting assembly elections from two seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes to negate the anti-incumbency factor. The Congress leader has ruled the state for 10 years.(PTI File)
Mizoram CM Lal Thanwala is contesting assembly elections from two seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes to negate the anti-incumbency factor. The Congress leader has ruled the state for 10 years.(PTI File)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 01:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Aizawl | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Utpal Parashar

Mizoram polls: Congress releases manifesto, promises laptops to students

Mizoram is the only state in the northeast where the Congress has a government and BJP leaders have asserted they would make concerted efforts to oust the opposition party from the eight northeastern states.
In the election manifesto released by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla here, the party also pledged to continue with its two flagship programmes for farmers and youths.(PTI File Photo)
In the election manifesto released by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla here, the party also pledged to continue with its two flagship programmes for farmers and youths.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 10:23 AM IST
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Aizawl | ByPTI

Even sex-workers have right to refuse: Supreme Court

The Bench said the trial court had rightly held that “even if the allegations of the accused that the woman is of immoral character are taken to be correct, the same does not give any right to the accused persons to commit rape on her against her consent”.
The Supreme Court judgement on Tuesday came on a 1997 gang-rape case in the national capital.(AP File Photo)
The Supreme Court judgement on Tuesday came on a 1997 gang-rape case in the national capital.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2018 12:02 AM IST
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BJP leader’s killing: Curfew extended to more areas, army continues flag march in Jammu’s Kishtwar, Doda

Police said Anil Parihar, 53, and his brother Ajit were returning home after closing their stationery shop late evening when two unidentified gunmen came and shot them at point-blank range.
Jammu and Kashmir BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother were shot dead by suspected militants in Kishtwar town of Jammu on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Jammu and Kashmir BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother were shot dead by suspected militants in Kishtwar town of Jammu on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 11:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jammu | ByRavi Krishnan Khajuria

Subsidies may be a hidden culprit in India’s farm crisis

Every Rs 10 lakh invested in farm research pulled 328 people out of poverty; 26 people were helped by the same amount spent on subsidies.
The research claims that governments have raised inefficient input subsidies over the years, which, in turn, have virtually turned the tap off for new investment.(AFP file photo)
The research claims that governments have raised inefficient input subsidies over the years, which, in turn, have virtually turned the tap off for new investment.(AFP file photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 11:33 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByZia Haq

Supreme Court nod to five more records for filing NRC objections in Assam

Those left out of the draft National Register for Citizens (NRC) for Assam now have more time to stake their claim to citizenship and can also use five additional documents besides the 10 allowed earlier, the Supreme Court said on Thursday.
About 4 million people in Assam were excluded from the draft NRC published on July 31.(AP/File Photo)
About 4 million people in Assam were excluded from the draft NRC published on July 31.(AP/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 11:40 AM IST
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