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Mizoram election results Highlights: Zoramthanga meets Mizoram Governor, stakes claim to form government

Mizoram assembly election results 2018 LIVE: In the state’s 40-member assembly, the MNF bagged 26, securing absolute majority on its own. Congress, which had been in power since 2008, came third with just 5 seats.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 11, 2018 23:45 IST
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The Mizo National Front (MNF) returned to power in Mizoram after a gap of 10 years on Tuesday, beating the Congress comprehensively in its last state it was ruling in the northeast.

In the state’s 40-member assembly, the MNF bagged 26, securing absolute majority on its own. Congress, which had been in power since 2008, came third with just 5 seats.

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Mizoram, the last Congress-ruled state in the northeast has seen direct contests between the Congress and the Zoramthanga-led Mizo National Front with smaller parties such as the National People’s Party (NPP) and the Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM) also contesting the elections. This time, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looked to expand its footprint in the northeast and had fielded 39 candidates for the 40 assembly seats of Mizoram.

Outgoing chief minister Lal Thanhawla who had contested from two seats—Serchhip and Champhai South—lost both. In Serchhip he was defeated by ZPM leader Lalduhoma while he lost Champhai South to MNF’s Lalnuntluanga.

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Exit polls have predicted a hung assembly in the northeastern state. In case the counting of votes in Mizoram does throw up a hung assembly today, parties such as the BJP, ZPM and the NPP are likely to play a crucial role in the formation of the government in the state.

Here are the highlights:

6:34 pm IST

Outgoing Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla says he didn’t expect the defeat

Outgoing chief minister of Mizoram Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation before the Governor, says “This is very disappointing. I didn’t expect this. I think I underestimated the new formation ZPM,” reports news agency ANI.

6:25 pm IST

Zoramthanga meets Governor K Rajasekharan

A delegation of Mizo National Front (MNF) led by its president Zoramthanga met Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan after the party won 26 seats in the state assembly polls, reports news agency ANI.

5:31 pm IST

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation to Governor

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla submits his resignation to Governor K Rajasekharan: Official source, reports PTI.

5:24 pm IST

Zoramthanga unanimously elected leader of MNF legislature party

Zoramthanga unanimously elected leader of MNF legislature party in Mizoram: MNF statement, reports PTI.

5:21 pm IST

Zoramthanga will meet Mizoram Governor K Rajasekharan at 6 pm

Zoramthanga will meet Mizoram Governor K Rajasekharan at 6 pm to stake claim to form government: MNF statement, reports PTI

4:54 pm IST

No coalition government with BJP: MNF president

Zoramthanga says, “We will not have any coalition government either with BJP or any other ways because my party can form the government on its own,” reports news agency ANI.

4:33 pm IST

This victory has been possible by grace of god: MNF president Zoramthanga

Former chief minister and MNF president Zoramthanga says, “I am really grateful to the voters for this win. This victory has been possible by the grace of god and the will of the people. I had predicted we will win at least 25 seats. Fortunately, it came true.”

3:55 pm IST

MNF gets majority in 40-member Mizoram Assembly:Election Commission

MNF gets majority in 40-member Mizoram Assembly, says Election Commission

3:08 pm IST

MNF leading in 26 seats, Congress in 5

The MNF is leading in 26 seats, while Congress is leading in five seats.

1:59 pm IST

MNF leading in 25 seats, Congress in 6

The MNF is leading in 25 seats and Congress in six.

1:23 pm IST

MNF leading in 24 seats, Congress in 6

The MNF is leading in 24 seats, whereas the Congress is leading in six. The BJP is leading in one and others in nine seats.

1:09 pm IST

MNF leading in 25 seats, Congress in 6

The MNF is leading in 25 seats and Congress in six. The BJP is leading in one seat and others in eight.

12:45 pm IST

MNF leading in 27 seats, Congress in 6

The MNF is leading in 27 seats, while the Congress is leading in six seats. The BJP is leading in one seat and others are leading in six seats.

12:33 pm IST

MNF leading in 29 seats, Congress in 5

The MNF is leading in 29 seats and Congress in 5. The BJP is leading in one seat and others in five.

12:17 pm IST

MNF president Zoramthanga leading from Aizawl east I constituency

MNF president Zoramthanga leading from Aizawl east I constituency.

12:15 pm IST

Lal Thanhawla loses Serchhip seat to ZPM’s Lalduhoma

Lal Thanhawla loses Serchhip seat to ZPM’s Lalduhoma. Lalduhoma won by a margin of 283 votes.

12:08 pm IST

MNF leading in 29 seats, Congress in 6

The MNF is leading in 29 seats and Congress in six seats. The BJP is leading in one and others in four.

12:03 am IST

Former speaker Hiphei trailing to Congress and MNF

Former speaker Hiphei who quit the Congress to join the BJP trailing to the Congress and the MNF candidates in Palak.

11:57 am IST

BJP Mizoram president JV Hluna gets 543 votes

BJP Mizoram president JV Hluna has got 543 votes after two of the three rounds of counting in Tawi.

11:47 am IST

MNF leading in 28 seats, Congress in 7

The MNF is leading in 28 seats and Congress in seven. The BJP is leading in one seat and others in four.

11:40 am IST

Lal Thanhawla has a marginal lead in Serchhip

Lal Thanhawla has a marginal lead in Serchhip, which is his home turf.

11:38 am IST

MNF leading in 27, Congress in 8

The MNF is leading in 27 seats and the Congress in 8. The BJP is leading in one and others in four.

11:31 am IST

Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla has lost from Champhai South seat

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla has lost from Champhai South seat, MNF’s TJ Lalnuntluanga has won.

11:23 am IST

MNF leading in 28 seats, Congress in 7

The MNF is leading in 28 seats, whereas the Congress is leading in 7. The BJP is leading in one seat and others in four, according to early trends.

10:57 am IST

MNF leading in 27 seats, Congress in 7

Early trends show the MNF is trending in 27 seats and Congress in 7 seats. BJP is leading in one, whereas others in five.

10:42 am IST

Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla trailing in both seats he contested

Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla trailing in both seats he contested. In Serchhip, he is behind Zoram Peoples Movement’s chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma. In Champhai South, he is trailing behind MNF’s Lalnuntluanga and ZPM’s Lalremliana.

10:34 am IST

Sweets being distributed at MNF office

Sweets being distributed at Mizo National Front office (MNF) in Aizawl as the party leads in trends in Mizoram.

10:29 am IST

MNF leading in 26 seats, Congress in 8

Early trends show the MNF is leading in 26 seats and Congress in eight seats.

10:23 am IST

MNF leading in 25 seats, Congress in 9

The MNF is leading in 25 seats, Congress in nine and BJP is leading in one seat. Others are leading in five seats.

10:15 am IST

Congress attributes party’s poor show to anti-incumbency

C L Ruala, senior Congress leader and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Mizoram attributed the party’s poor show to anti-incumbency. He also felt improper distribution of tickets and 5 MLAs leaving the party ahead of polls could have also played a part. In case of MNF not securing majority, Ruala feels Congress and ZPM could come together to try and form government.

10:03 am IST

MNF leading in 25 seats, Congress in 10

MNF is currently leading in 25 seats, while Congress in 10.

Crowd outside state Congress office (HT Photo)

10:00 am IST

MNF leading in 26 seats, Congress in 9

The MNF is leading in 26 seats and the Congress in nine seats. The BJP is leading in one seat, while others in three.

9:57 am IST

Early trends show MNF leading in 24 seats

The MNF is leading in 24 seats, whereas the Congress is leading in eight. The BJP is leading in one seat and others in three.

9:48 am IST

Early trends show MNF leading in 22 seats

Early trends show MNF leading in 22 seats. The Congress is leading in eight seats, whereas the BJP is leading in one

9:44 am IST

MNF leading in 19 seats

The MNF is leading in 19 seats, while the Congress is leading in five.

9:39 am IST

MNF is leading in 18 seats

Early trends show the MNF is leading in 18 seats, giving a tough fight to the Congress which is leading in five seats. Th e BJP is leading in one seat while others in three.

9:33 am IST

MNF leading in 15 seats

Initial trends show the MNF is leading in 15 seats, whereas the Congress is leading in 6 seats.

9:26 am IST

MNF leading in 13 seats, Congress in 6

The MNF is leading in 13 seats. The Congress is leading in 6, whereas the BJP and other parties are leading in one seat each.

9:20 am IST

MNF leading in 7 seats, giving tough fight to Congress

Congress leading 2 seats, MNF in 7 seats, Zoram Peoples Party in 3 seats and BJP in 1 seat.

9:18 am IST

BJP candidate BD Chakma leading in Tuichawng seat

BJP candidate BD Chakma leading in Tuichawng seat in Mizoram

9:09 am IST

MNF leading in five seats

MNF leading in five seats, giving a tough fight to the Congress which is leading in 2 seats. Others leading in one seat, according to early trends.

9:00 am IST

Congress leading in two seats

Congress leading in two seats, while MNF in one according to early trends.

8:59 am IST

Congress candidate RL Pianmawia leading in Tuivawl seat

Congress candidate RL Pianmawia leading in Tuivawl seat of Mizoram.

8:57 am IST

Congress, MNF both leading in one seat each

Congress and MNF both leading in one seat each.

8:39 am IST

Congress and NPF have fielded 40 candidates each

The Congress and the MNF have fielded 40 candidates each, while the BJP is contesting in 39 seats, the ZPM in 35 and the NPP in nine.

8:26 am IST

Congress seeking unprecedented 3rd consecutive term

The Congress is seeking an unprecedented third consecutive term in Mizoram, even as the BJP seeks to open its account in the state.

8:10 am IST

Mizoram has never witnessed a hung assembly

Mizoram has never witnessed a hung assembly but exit polls conducted after the November 28 assembly election to elect 40 new legislators say it could have one this time.

8:00 am IST

Counting of votes begins for Mizoram

Counting of votes begins for Mizoram.

Visuals from outside a counting centre in Aizawl. (ANI/Twitter)

7:09 am IST

Counting starts at 8 am

Counting of votes for assembly elections start at 8 am