The BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) has emerged as the single-largest party in the 25-member MADC (Mara Autonomous District Council) by winning 12 seats in the recently held poll, an official said on Monday.
The MADC polls’ results in South Mizoram’s Siaha district were announced on Monday.
Siaha Deputy Commissioner Lalsangliana, who is the returning officer, told PTI that the BJP, which has contested 24 seats won 12 seats, one seat less than a simple majority, while the state’s ruling party MNF (Mizo National Front) bagged nine and Congress won four. Incumbent CEM (Chief Executive Member) N Zakhai of BJP has been re-elected from the Amobyu constituency, he said.
The MADC poll was held on 5th May, the MNF had fielded 25 candidates, BJP 24, Congress 23, and the ZPM (Zoram People’s Movement), which contested the council for the first time, had fielded 8 candidates.
Meanwhile, the MNF vice president Vanlalzawma told PTI that the party has not decided whether to form a coalition with BJP in the council or not.
MNF is a member of the BJP-led NEDA (North-East Democratic Alliance) and an ally of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre.
However, both MNF and BJP do not have an alliance in Mizoram, and lone BJP MLA BD Chakma is on the opposition bench.
In the last council elections held in May 2017, Congress had won 17 seats, while the MNF and MDF (Mara Democratic Front) combine won seven and an Independent one.