Mizo National Front (MNF) Chief Zoramthanga Takes Oath As The Chief Minister Of Mizoram

| December 15 , 2018 , 16:06 IST

Mizo National Front (MNF) chief Zoramthanga on Saturday took oath as the Chief Minister of Mizoram at the Raj Bhavan, and eventually ended the Congress' 10-year rule in the state.

Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Zoramthanga and his 11 Council of Ministers at a ceremony in Mizo language.

Outgoing Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leader and former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, leaders of various political parties and senior civil and security officials were present in the ceremony.

It is learnt that Zoramthanga, took office as the Chief Minister for the third time. Earlier he headed the state from 1998-2003 and 2003-2008.

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The MNF returned to power in Mizoram by bagging 26 seats of the 40-member state legislature after a decade.

The BJP opened its account for the first time in the state by bagging a seat while the Congress managed to win five seats in the assembly polls held on November 28.

Speaking to media Chief Minister's secretariat said, "The Chief Minister would distribute the portfolios among the ministers soon after a cabinet meeting."

The MNF had got only five seats in the 2013 Assembly polls, while the Congress had won 34. This time, the Congress got only five seats.

State Congress chief and outgoing Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla lost in both Champhai South and Serchhip constituencies.

Zoramthanga won the Aizawl East-I seat for the fifth term.

The MNF is a constituent of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). However, both the BJP and MNF fielded candidates separately in 40 and 39 seats, respectively.