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Mizoram Assembly polls: How the day unfolded

Congress secured majority just past halfway. Lal Thanhawla will return as CM.

Written by Adam Halliday | Aizawl |
December 9, 2013 8:50:26 am

Counting of votes for the 40-member Mizoram Assembly,election to which was held on November 25,began at 8 am on Monday in the headquarters of all eight districts of the state amidst tight security.

8:37 pm: MNF heavyweight and former Lok Sabha MP Vanlalzawma wins another seat for MDA with a margin of 978 votes in Aizawl West 3. This takes the MDA tally to 6.

8:05: Re-poll to be held in one polling booth of Lawngtlai East due to an EVM malfunction. Congress candidate was up by 83 votes on last count.

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6:15 pm: MNF president and two-time CM Zoramthanga loses to former Young Mizo Association president T Sangkunga by 798 votes.

5:10 pm: In one of the biggest upsets this poll,MNF vice president Dr R Lalthangliana loses to Congress’ Chalrosanga by 94 votes for the Lunglei West seat. Dr R Lalthangliana had been undefeated for six straight terms till date. Chalrosanga is the younger brother of state sports minister Zodintluanga. Their sister is the daughter-in-law of Lal Thanhawla. Dr R Lalthangliana was Leader of Opposition in the last assembly. Meanwhile,MNF president and two-time CM Zoramthanga is trailing in East Tuipui.

2:55 pm: MDA veteran K Sangthuama beats ZNP president Laldhuoma and Congress mahila president Thangthanmawii in Aizawl West 1 seat.

2:50 pm: Expected “dark horse” Zoram Nationalist Party president Laduhoma trails behind both Congress and MDA in home bastion Aizawl West 1 as round one of counting ends. His party has so far not won any seats although it won 2 seats in the last assembly polls.

2:45 pm: Congress heading towards majority with 20 out of 40 seats in its kitty.

2:40 pm: Congress leader and Speaker in the last assembly R Romawia wins in Aizawl North 1 seat by margin of 657 votes.

2:20 pm: Winners from Congress include four time CM Lal Thanhawla,Home Minister R Lalzirliana,Education Minister Lalsawta,Environment Minister H Rohulna,Deputy Chief Whip R L Pianmawia,Lal Thanhawla’s confidante John Siamkunga and MoS P C Lalthanliana.

2:15 pm: Congress leaders leading in 5 seats. Health Minister Lalrinliana Sailo in Tuichang,Sports Minister Zodintluanga in Thorang,Speaker R Romawia in Aizawl North 1,sitting MLA Dr. H Ngurdingliana in Chalfilh and Ngunlianchunga in Lawngtlai West.

The last seat was won by MDA’s C Ramhluna in 2008,who is currently trailing by 1535 votes. One more each for Congress and MDA Tally.

2:10 pm: Speaker R Romawia of Congress leads by thin margin of 76 votes against MDA’s Vanlalhlana,a former deputy speaker,in Aizawl North 1 seat.

1:20 pm: Counting completed in 14 seats out of which Congress wins 13 and MDA 1.

Congress also leading in 3 other seats counting for which is currently underway.

12:50 pm: Lalrinawma of the MDA beat Congress’ K Lianzuala in Tuikum seat by 14 votes.

Win takes MDA tally to 2 against Congress’ 10 in the 40 assembly seats.

12:30 pm: Congress Minister of State P C Lalthanliana leads by 681 votes against MDA’s Dr. K Vanlallawma in Lunglei North seat.

12:00 pm: Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla wins from second seat Hrangturzo,unseating sitting MLA Lalthansanga of the MDA by 1628 votes.

11:50 am: Maraland Democratic Front President PP Thawla,who represents one of the three parties that form the Mizoram Democratic Alliance,trails by 1708 votes against Congress’ Hiphei.

11:45 am,: Congress leaders continue the winning run as S Laldingliana wins Lunglei South seat.

11:40 am: For the MDA,veteran Dr. K Beichua is leading from the southern Saiha constituency,home to the Mara tribe.

11:35 am: Nine Congress leaders including Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla,Home Minister R Lalzirliana,Education Minister Lalsawta and Deputy Chief Whip R L Pianmawia win as final counting from their respective seats completes.

CM Lal Thanhawla wins from Serchhip seat and is leading from Hrangturzo.

11:15 am: Congress’ H Rohluna,R L Pianmawla and Dr. B D Chakma win from Lengteng,Tuivawl and Tuichawng seats respectively.

10:50 am: Congress candidate John Siamkunga declared elected from South Tuipui defeating his nearest rival,J Lalchhuana of Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP).

The Congress candidate polled 4,878 votes,and J. Lalchhuana of ZNP 3,278.

10:45 am: Congress leading in 9 seats so far,MDA none,ZNP way behind in most. BJP mostly double-digit figure votes.

10:32 am: Lal Thanhawla’s right hand man John Siamkunga,Congress,unofficial winner at South Tuipui constituency with margin of 1600 votes.

Lal Thanhawla leading in bastion Serchhip with 369 votes.

10:15 am: Four Cong heavyweights,Home Minister R Lal Ziriliana,Dr. B D Chakma,R L Pianmawia and John Siamkunga,leading by huge margins as counting completes for most polling stations.

9:45 am: First leads show Congress in lead with five seats; MDA leading in one.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla leading in Serchhip by 800 votes. Congress’ Chakma leader Dr. B D Chakma leading by 7,000 votes in Tuichawng.

The fate of 142 candidates,including Chief MinisterLal Thanhawla of the Congress,11 of his cabinet colleagues,Zoram Nationalist Party president Lalduhawma,Mizo National Front chief Zoramthanga and Mizoram People’s Conference chief Lalhmangaiha Sailo,will be decided.

The results would reveal if four-time Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla faced anti-incumbency this time.

He contested from two seats – his home turf Serchhip and Hrangturzo.

Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) president Lalduhawma also contested from two seats – Aizawl West II and Kolasib.

The ruling Congress and the opposition Mizoram Democratic Alliance,comprising MNF,MPC and Maraland Democratic Front (MDF),contested from all 40 constituencies.

The Chief Minister is facing tough opposition from C Lalramzauva,an advocate and the Mizoram Democratic Alliance nominee in Serchhip.

In the other seat Hrangturzo he is likewise pitted against a strong contender in Lalthansanga of the MDA,the sitting legislator.

The main opponent MNF leader and former chief minister Zoramthanga is trying his luck from Tuipui East seat.

Apart from Congress and MDA who contested all 40 seats,the ZNP is contesting 38 seats and the BJP 17 seats,while the NCP fielded two nominees,the Jai Maha Bharat Party contested one seats and independent four seats.

There were six women candidates – one each from the Congress and the MDA,three belonging to the BJP and one independent.

Mizoram is the only state in India where women voters outnumber men by 9,806 in the electorate of 690,860.

(With PTI inputs)

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