Aizawl: The Mizo National Front (MNF) has won 20 of 25 seats in regional elections to the Lai Autonomous District Council (LADC). National parties, BJP and Congress get one each while independents won the remaining three seats.
The LADC election results, announced by the Mizoram’s State Election Commission Tuesday.
The BJP appears to have emerged as more powerful than the Congress in the region’s political landscape. This is due to the fact that the Congress was able to contest in just 14 seats as compared to the BJP’s 17 candidates.
The Congress, despite having formed the regional government several times, also had a lower vote share than the BJP, which has never had an electoral presence in the LADC.
In all, the BJP cornered 20 per cent of the vote-share as against the Congress’ 14 per cent, which is lower than the total tally of the independents (15 per cent).
The landslide victory is also historic for the MNF because this is the first time the party has won an absolute majority in the LADC.
“The MNF believes the results show that the Lai people have confidence in the MNF government led by Chief Minister Zoramthanga,” the MNF said in a statement.