chakma council AIZAWL, April 29: In a rat race for power, both Mizo National Front (MNF) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who had initially planned to form a coalition, have separately staked claim to form the government in the hotly-contested Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC). On Saturday, the eight elected MNF councillors led by Rashik Mohan Chakma, met the Governor staking claim to form the government, making it a point that MNF was the single largest party with eight MDCs (members of district council). Talking to reporters, MNF legislature party leader R M Chakma said, “We met the Governor and handed him a letter seeking his invitation to the single largest party to be called first to form the government as per convention.”

RM Chakma was confident of forming the government with some councillors who were elected on BJP and MNF tickets. The minimum number of forming the government is 11 in the 20-seat Chakma ADC. Earlier, BJP had also requested the Governor to invite the party to form the government. “We are awaiting the Governor’s response,” State BJP president Prof JV Hluna said. The BJP won five seats in CADC elections that threw up a fractured mandate. The Congress won seven, including one seat which was stayed by Gauhati High Court. Hluna said a BJP-led joint legislature party has been formed. “Both Congress and MNF councillors are invited to join the legislature party,” he added. 

Elections to Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) have never made it to the national headlines like this time. This too for all the wrong reasons. The CADC post-election episode has drawn national media’s interest because Congress and BJP, which are sworn enemies in Indian politics, decided to form an alliance for power in the Chakma Council. BJP and Congress decided to join hands after the recently held elections to CADC threw a fractured mandate. In the 20-member CADC, the Congress has emerged as the second largest party with six seats, while BJP came third with five seats. 

The largest party with eight seats in CADC is Mizo National Front (MNF). The dramatic development came a few hours after BJP national president Amit Shah tweeted that BJP and MNF, its ally in North East Democratic Front, would form the executive council.-Assam Tribune

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