Uncertainty rules high in Mizoram

Fractured mandate will make Zoram People’s Movement key to govt. formation
The possibility of a fractured verdict — unprecedented in Mizoram’s Assembly elections — could turn the spotlight on a new political front of seven regional parties that have tasted little or no success on their own so far. Most exit polls suggest the Congress could lose Mizoram, its last outpost in the northeast. But projections say the Mizo National Front (MNF), the Congress’s traditional regional rival, also might not be able to win the required 21 seats in the 40-member Assembly to form a government.
On a par with BJP
In such a scenario, the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) could play a bigger role than the BJP. The right-wing party is hopeful of making a debut in the State, riding on the votes of minority tribes such as the Chakma and Bru. The ZPM and the BJP are expected to win 10 to 12 seats between them. ZPM president Lalduhoma, a retired IPS officer who was in charge of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s security, would rather not “jump the gun” going by the electoral outcomes in the past. His old party, the Zoram Nationalist Party, had failed to live up to expectations in the last three elections.
“Let us see how things unfold on Tuesday,” he said.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/uncertainty-rules-high-in-mizoram/article25706632.ece

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