MNF president Zoramthanga takes oath as Mizoram chief minister, ceremony held at Aizawl's Raj Bhavan

Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga has been sworn-in as the chief minister of Mizoram at Aizawl's Raj Bhavan on Saturday.

Zoramthanga, who has been chief minister of Mizoram twice, is a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga.

Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan had formally invited Zoramthanga on Wednesday to form the next government after receiving the signed notification of the result from Election Commission officials, Raj Bhavan sources said.

The Governor also dissolved the seventh state legislative Assembly to pave the way for the constitution of the eighth Assembly, the sources said.

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. The newly-formed unregistered Zoram Peoples Movement securing eight seats.

The BJP opened its account for the first time in the state by bagging a seat in the 28 November polls. In the seven elections held since Mizoram was formed, the BJP has never won a seat.

In the 2013 election, the Congress won 34 of the 40 seats in the Assembly. The MNF, which had fielded candidates from 31 constituencies, had bagged five seats, and the Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) got one.

In the 2008 election, the Congress won 32 seats, while the MNF had won only three, the MPC and Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) won two seats each. The Maraland Democratic Front (MDF) bagged one.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 15, 2018 12:25:07 IST

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