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Mizoram Election Results 2018 updates: Congress loses last North East bastion to MNF as Lal Thanhawla goes down

The Mizo National Front (MNF) is all set to capture power in Mizoram after a decade, having established leads in 25 of the 40 assembly constituencies, while the ruling Congress is ahead only in places.

FP Staff December 11, 2018 16:22:24 IST
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Mizoram Election Results 2018 updates: Congress loses last North East bastion to MNF as Lal Thanhawla goes down

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Dec 11, 2018 - 16:21 (IST)

Congress swept out of power by MNF

The MNF swept the Congress out of power, winning 26 seats in the 40-member Assembly. The grand old party, which dominated the 2013 elections, was reduced to single digits, winning only five seats.

Dec 11, 2018 - 15:52 (IST)

MNF dominates day after taking early lead

The MNF pulled into an early lead around 10.30 am and never looked back as the Congress — under Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla — faltered and netted only a handful of seats.

Dec 11, 2018 - 15:50 (IST)

R Lalzirlian wins from Tawi constituency.

Former home minister R Lalzirliana won a seat for the MNF from the Tawi constituency. Lalzirliana quit the Congress in September to join the MNF.  

Input by Maria Lalramengi/ 101 Reporters

Dec 11, 2018 - 15:35 (IST)

CM Lal Thanhawla goes down

Thanhawla has been Mizoram chief minister since 2008, long before Narendra Modi emerged on the national scene. In 2013, the Congress won 34 of 40 Assembly seats under his leadership. This time, the Congress has been reduced to single digits: winning only five seats. Thanhawla kicked off his career in 1966 as a member of the Mizo National Front, and switched to the Congress only a year later. Thanhawla earlier served as chief minister from 1984 to 1986 and then again from 1989 to 1998.  

Dec 11, 2018 - 14:04 (IST)

CM Lal Thanhawla defeated in both constituencies

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla was defeated in both the constituencies — Champai South and Serchhip — where he contested.

In Champai South, he was defeated by Mizo National Front's TJ Lalnuntluanga by 1,049 votes while in Serchhip he was defeated by an Independent Lalduhoma by 410 votes. 

Thanhawla, who was the Congress party's Chief Minister for 10 years, had won the Serchhip seat last time by 734 votes.

— IANS

Dec 11, 2018 - 14:02 (IST)

MNF with 26 of 40 seats after final tally

After the final tally of votes, the following is the verdict,
MNF - 26 
Cong - 5 
ZPM - 8 
BJP - 1

Input from: Henry Khojol/ 101 Reporters

Dec 11, 2018 - 13:59 (IST)

Celebration outside Mizo National Front (MNF) office in Aizawl

The party has won 14 seats out of 40 & is leading on 9 seats in Mizoram.

Dec 11, 2018 - 13:42 (IST)

Recounting to take place at Tuivawl constituency 

L Pianmawia requests a recounting as he trails by just three votes. MNF's Lalchhandama Ralte leads with 5,207 votes.

Input by: Maria Lalramengi/101 Reporters

Dec 11, 2018 - 13:39 (IST)

Current leads in the state

Dec 11, 2018 - 13:35 (IST)

MNF chief Zoramthanga wins in Aizawl East-1

Victory celebrations ensue at Mizo Hnam Run (MNF office).

Input from: Henry Khojol/ 101 Reporters

The Mizo National Front (MNF) is all set to capture power in Mizoram after a decade, having established leads in 25 of the 40 assembly constituencies, while the ruling Congress is ahead only in places, reports News18.

Mizoram is the last bastion of the Congress in the northeast that comprises eight states, including Sikkim. The ruling Congress is leading in only six constituencies and trailing in almost all the other constituencies, which it had won in the 2013 polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is heading ahead in one constituency.

In the 2013 elections, the Congress had won 34 seats, while its main Opposition, the Mizo National Front (MNF), got five and the Mizoram People's Conference bagged one seat.

The Congress and the MNF have ruled Mizoram since 1987. The BJP also has set its eyes on the state this time as all other northeastern states are now ruled either by the saffron party or others supported by it. Sikkim's ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) is also friendly with the BJP.

No party in the state has so far been able to form governments thrice in a row since 1987 when Mizoram became a full-fledged state.

The Congress and the MNF fielded 40 candidates each while the BJP contested in 39 seats. The Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM), an alliance formed by two political parties and four groups, also contested in 35 seats.

With inputs from PTI

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