The ruling Congress has won more than half of all rural local bodies or Village Councils (VCs) across six districts in Mizoram and has been able to win almost half of all urban local bodies or Local Councils (LCs) within state capital Aizawl.
The Congress has won enough votes to be able to form majorities in 260 Village Councils while the Mizo National Front has come second with 125 VCs.
While the main competition was between the Congress and the MNF, the BJP has also reared it’s head, even if just, into the state’s politics by winning majorities in five VCs, improving it’s tally from the seven VCs it had won in the Chakma Autonomous District earlier this year. This year marks the first time when BJP has won any election in Mizoram.
The Zoram Nationalist Party has meanwhile been able to win majority in six VCs while the Mizoram People’s Conference, whose founder — former CM Brigadier (retd) T Sailo — passed away at age 92 earlier this year, could not win a single VC.
No clear majority could be formed by any party in 47 VCs while independents were able to form a majority in 38.
Results to 11 VCs were unavailable by the time of filing this report because of their remote locations and failed communication systems, officials said. Polls were being held at one VC area on Friday because a technical error made it impossible to do so on Thursday.
The contest between the two main parties was however extremely close in simultaneous polls for 83 LCs in capital Aizawl; the Congress has been able to form majority in 39 LCs compared to 38 for the MNF. But a coalition formed between the MNF, ZNP and MPC has won a majority in the Chaltlang LC area, technically ironing out the difference.
There were three LCs in which no clear majority could be formed, and one where independents formed the majority.
Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla had said on Thursday, when the six districts and the capital went to polls, that the opposition has no issues with which to corner the ruling party.
“A pack of barking dogs do not stop a marching elephant,” he had told journalists after casting his vote at Aizawl’s Zarkawt locality.
The opposition had earlier announced that the local body elections would be a litmus test for the popularity, or not, of the Congress government’s lifting of prohibition, a move that has been criticized by both the church and powerful mass-based voluntary organizations.
The opposition had also attacked the government for being “unable” to ensure law and order and overall security, particularly referring to the poll boycott call by Manipur-based militants that resulted in no one from 31 villages across two districts unwilling to contest the local body elections.