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Election Commission team to arrive in Mizoram to assess situation

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Aizawl | A three-member team of the Election Commission of India will arrive in poll-bound Mizoram on Tuesday to assess the situation in view of the demand for the ouster of state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S B Shashank, official sources said.

The high-level team will hold discussions with Chief Secretary Arvind Ray, other senior officials and leaders of civil societies in an effort to resolve the impasse, the

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The team, comprising Jharkhand state CEO L Khiangte, Director of Election Commission Nikhil Kumar and Secretary, Election Commission, S B Joshi is expected to reach the state capital on Tuesday afternoon.

Elections to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly are scheduled for November 28.

Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking immediate removal of the state CEO as “people have lost faith in him”.

S B Shashank’s removal is the only solution for smooth conduct of the November 28 Assembly elections, the chief minister said in the letter.

Seeking the CEO’s exit, the NGO Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of major civil societies and student associations, began picketing in front of the CEO’s office from Tuesday morning.

People congregated in large numbers in front of the state CEO’s office Tuesday following a call by an umbrella organisation of major civil societies and student associations to picket demanding his removal.

The sources said that the CEO did not attend office.

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BJP anti-Christian party, trying to enter Mizoram through ‘backdoor’: Congress

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Aizawl | The Congress on Friday accused the BJP of being an anti-Christian party, saying the saffron party was trying to enter Christian-dominated Mizoram “through backdoor” after the November 28 elections in the state. Christians constitute around 87 percent of the population of Mizoram, according to the 2011 Census.

Mizoram is the only state in the northeast where the Congress is in power. “The BJP is against minorities and the Christians… The party has brought intolerance and hatred against Christians and other minorities,” Congress general secretary Luizinho Faleiro told reporters here. He asked why did the BJP choose to observe Good Governance Day on December 25, when it seeks to celebrate the next Christmas in Mizoram under its rule.

The senior Congress leader was referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s statement in a rally here last month that he “was reassured that the next Christmas Mizoram celebrates will be a Christmas under a BJP government.” In 2014, the BJP-led central government had decided to observe December 25, the day of Christmas celebrations, as national Good Governance Day. December 25 is also the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Faleiro alleged that the BJP has been “trying to enter Mizoram politics through the backdoor by using the MNF as they had done in other northeastern states”. The opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), led by former chief minister Zoramthanga, is a constituent of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) headed by the saffron party, he said. NEDA is a political coalition formed by the BJP and regional political parties of the northeastern states in 2016.

The Congress has been alleging that the MNF would form a post-poll alliance with the BJP in the event of a hung assembly. However, both the parties denied it.

The ruling party also alleged that the BJP would indulge in horse-trading after the assembly polls to “grab power at all costs” and Independent MLAs would be the most vulnerable in that scenario. The BJP has denied this charge too. The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), a conglomerate of two political parties and five other organisations, also faced the attack of the Congress as its 35 candidates are contesting the polls as Independents. The ZNP on Friday said it would not form a pre-poll or a post-poll alliance with the BJP.

The foundations of the ZPM were safety of the land, the people and religion, and there was no scope for an alliance with the saffron party, ZPM senior vice president Dr Kenneth Chawngliana said. He said the 35 ZPM candidates had to contest as Independents as the party was formed hardly a year ago and had never contested elections in the past. “We would be recognised by the Election Commission and allotted a symbol only after contesting and have a requisite number of legislators or share of votes,” he said.

He said the ZPM nominees signed a pledge and also announced chief ministerial candidate before the election.

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Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla fails to submit nomination papers in home turf Serchhip

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Aizawl | Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, who is contesting from two seats, could not file his nomination papers in Serchhip as agitators demanding the removal of the state chief electoral officer (CEO) continued their picketing in front of the office of the returning officer.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Chuauhnuna told PTI that the chief minister had to change his plan to file nomination in his home turf on Tuesday considering the situation around the deputy commissioner’s office which also houses the office of the returning officer.

Chuauhnuna said Lal Thanhawla was not forced by anybody to not file his documents. It was the latter’s choice, he added.

Several NGOs have been demanding the removal of CEO S B Shashank for his alleged bias for ‘Bru’ voters and removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Lalnunmawia Chuaung, a native of the state. The chief minister too had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remove Shashank as the “people have lost faith in him.”

The chief minister Wednesday left Serchhip town to campaign in Champhai South constituency where he is also contesting, officials said.

The last date for filing of nomination papers is November 9. The tenure of the present 40-member Assembly in Mizoram, the only Congress-ruled state in the northeastern region, expires on December 15.

The state goes to poll on November 28.

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Mizoram Assembly Election 2018: All you need to know

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The polling in Mizoram will be held on November 28 in one phase. The tenure of Mizoram assembly ends on December 15, 2018.

 

The election commission on Saturday announced the dates for polling in the five states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana for the assembly elections. The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat informed that the polling in Mizoram will be held on November 28 in one phase. The tenure of Mizoram assembly ends on December 15, 2018.

The last date of filing the nominations is November 9 while the final date of scrutiny of the candidate is November 12. The candidates can withdraw their nominations by November 14. The counting of results will take place on December 11.

Currently, Indian National Congress is ruling the state with Lal Thanhawla as a Chief Minister. Here is everything you need to know about the north-eastern state:

Demographics:

Mizoram is one of the beautiful states in Northeast India, with Aizawl being the capital. The hill state was once a part of Assam until the year 1972 when it was removed as a Union Territory. It transformed into the 23rd state of the country, a phase above Union Territory on 20 February 1987. According to the 2011 Census, the total population of Mizoram is 10.91 Lakhs. Out of which, 5.5 lakhs are male and 5.3 Lakhs are female. The population of Mizoram forms 0.09 per cent of India in 2011.

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Christianity is the most popular religion in Mizoram with 87.16 % of state population following it. Hinduism is followed by 2.75 % population, Islam is followed by 1.35 %, Jainism by 0.03 %, Buddhism by 8.51 % and Sikhism by 0.03 %. Around 0.07 % stated ‘Other Religion’, approximately 0.09 % stated ‘No Particular Religion’.

Out of the total population of Mizoram, 52.11% people live in urban regions. The total figure of population living in urban areas is 5.71 Lakhs. The total population of rural areas of Mizoram state is 525,435 i.e. 47.89%.

Voter Population:

According to the election commission of India report, the total voter population in Mizoram as per final rolls is 7.68 Lakhs. After the summary revision of the electoral rolls, the final voters’ list was published on Thursday by Chief Electoral Officer S.B. Shashank. Mizoram is the only state where women electors outnumber men. Of the total 7.68 Lakhs voters, as many as 3.93 Lakhs are women and 3.74 Lakhs are men.

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Constituencies:

Mizoram Assembly has total 40 constituencies. Out of which all constituencies except one are reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates. The constituencies in the state are Chawngte, Tlabung, Tuipang, Saiha, Sangau, Lawngtlai, Bar-put, Lunglei South,Lunglei North, Khawbung, Champhai, Khawha, Saituai, Tawipui,Vanva, Hnahthia, North Vanlaiphai, Khawzawl, Ngopa, Suangpuilawn, Ratu, Kawnpui, Kolasib, Bilk-hawthlir, Mamit, Phuldungsei, Sateek, Lokichera, Kawrthah, Serchhip,Serchhip, Lungpho, Tlung-vel, Aizawl North-I, Aizawl North II, Aizawl West I, Aizawl West-II, Aizawl West I, Aizawl West-II, Aizawl South – I, Aizawl South – II, Aizawl East-I, Aizawl East-II. There is one Lok Sabha Constituency in the state of Mizoram that is reserved for the Scheduled Tribes along with one Rajya Sabha seat.

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Major Political Parties:

The only national party in Mizoram politics is Indian National Congress. The Congress has been in power in Mizoram since 2008 but is facing a strong challenge from the Mizo National Front (MNF), which is banking on the 10-years anti-incumbency to win the elections.

There are two major political parties in the state that dominate the political scenario of the state. They are the Mizo National Front and the Ephraim Union.

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Mizo National Front, which is known as MNF in short, is a regional political party. MNF has come out of the Mizo Famine Front formed by Pu Laldenga. It was formed to protest against the inactivity of the Indian Government towards the famine-affected Mizo areas of Assam in the year 1959. In the same year, the Mizo Hills was also destroyed by a devastating famine. The Mizo National Famine Front, originally formed to help the people suffering during the Mautam Famine, was afterwards converted into Mizo National Front on 22nd October in the year 1961. Pu Zoramthanga became the leader of MNF after the death of Laldenga. In the elections of 1998 and 2003, MNF won the state assembly elections, with Pu Zoramthanga as the Chief Minister.

The other main political party in the state of Mizoram is Ephraim Union. It is also a regional political party. It is known as EU and it belongs to the part of Mizoram that considers the Mizos to be the descendants of the tribes of Israel.

Mizoram Assembly Elections 2013 results:

The last assembly election saw Congress and the current CM returning to the power in Mizoram. The Indian National Congress won a large majority of 34 out of 40 seats. Mizo National Front and Mizoram People’s Conference won five seats and one seat respectively. 81% of eligible voters turned out to vote. The vote shares of Congress, MNF and MPC was 44.6%, 28.7% and 6.2% respectively.

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Prominent Leaders:

Lal Thanhawla:

He has been the Chief Minister of Mizoram since 11 December 2008. Previously he was Chief Minister from 1984 to 1986 and from 1989 to 1998. He was elected to another term in the 2013 Mizoram Legislative Assembly election. This was the fifth time he was elected to the office of Chief Minister, which is a record in the state. He belongs to the Indian National Congress. His electoral constituencies are Serchhip and Hrangturzo. He successfully contested the general elections nine times, in 1978, 1979, 1984, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2008, and 2013.

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Zoramthanga:

He was the fifth Chief Minister of Mizoram, from December 1998 to December 2008, for two consecutive terms. He was second in command to Laldenga during the secession movement of Mizo National Front (MNF) and became the successor as party leader after MNF was a recognised political party. He joined the Mizoram Legislative Assembly as Minister of Finance and Education in 1987. His party, the Mizo National Front, lost the 2008 Assembly elections to the Indian National Congress.

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