Birthday of LalthanhawlaAIZAWL, May 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on his 80th birthday. “Birthday greetings to Lal Thanhawla, Chief Minister of Mizoram. May he be blessed with wonderful health and a long life,” the PM tweeted. The CM’s bungalow was flooded with greetingstoday. 

Greetings also came from Mizoram Governor Lt Gen (rtd) Nirbhay Sharma, relatives, friends, party workers, Cabinet colleagues and well-wishers. Born on May 19, 1938, Lal Thanhawla was brought up in Zarkawt locality of Aizawl. 

Lal Thanhawla joined the underground Mizo National Front (MNF) in 1966 after a brief stint in government service. In 1984 he became the CM, but stepped down in favour of Laldenga in 1986 to become deputy CM after the latter signed the Mizo Accord and headed the interim government. 

In 1989 Lal Thanhawla was made CM for a second time. He won the 1993 Assembly polls and became the CM for the third time. He brought back the Congress party to a landslide victory in 2008 Assembly polls. After his party won election for two consecutive terms in 2013, he became the CM for the fifth time, to be the longest serving CM in Mizoram.-Assam Tribune

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