The present Mizo National Front (MNF) government, which came to power last year with prohibition as one of its main promises, passed the Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition) Bill 2019 in the state assembly on March 20.
The new Mizo National Front, which had made reimposing prohibition a poll promise, has decided to stop the sale of liquor by government agencies, and bring a legislation to stop sale by private players.
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.Catch all the live updates of assembly elections, click here.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.Catch all the live updates of Mizoram election results, click hereExit 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.
As the countdown begins for Mizoram assembly elections 2018, two organistaions have come out with the list of candidates facing criminal cases. Mizo National Front (MNF) president and former chief minister Zoramthanga is one of them.
Mizoram went to polls on Wednesday with 209 candidates in the fray for the 40-member legislative assembly. Voting began at 7 am and ended at 4 pm. The state recorded 80% voter turnout in a peaceful poll.Congress, which has been in power in Mizoram since 2008, is eyeing a third consecutive term in the state. While the direct contest is between the Congress and Mizo National Front, BJP, National People’s Party and Zoram People’s Movement could play crucial roles in the formation of the next government.Chief minister Lal Thanhawla is contesting from two seats — Serchhip and Champhai South. Here are the highlights:
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.
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.
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.
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 01:33 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Aizawl | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Utpal Parashar
Releasing its list of promises before Mizoram goes to polls, Congress state unit president and chief minister Lal Thanhawla promised continuation of several old policies and a slew of benefits for students.
The stakes are high this time as Mizoram is the only north-eastern state which has a Congress government and the BJP, which is upbeat after ousting the CPI(M) from Tripura, is keen on making inroads in the Christian-dominated state.
In the 2018 Mizoram assembly election, the Congress, in power since 2008, is battling desertions—as many as 4 MLAs left the party to join other parties, anti-incumbency and growing influence of regional players and the Bharatiya Janata Party —which is ruling or sharing power in six of the seven states in the region.
The exit of senior ministers R Lalzirliana, who held the home portfolio and former health minister Lalrinliana Sailo following serious differences with chief minister Lal Thanhawla, just before the elections has dealt a serious blow to the Congress.