In a swift and sharp political twist, local leaders of the BJP and Congress reportedly forged an alliance to form government at Kamalanagar in Chakma Autonomous District Council of Mizoram after the results declared on 24th April threw a fractured mandate.
While the MNF emerged as the single largest party with 8 seats, the Congress won 6 while the BJP bagged 5. One seat has been stayed by the High Court. 11 seats are needed to form government in 20-member Chakma Council.
Although the BJP Central and State leadership declared that BJP and MNF have agreed to stake claim to form BJP-MNF coalition government in CADC, sources said that local dynamics and interests forced the CADC leaders of the BJP to choose Congress, an arch rival of BJP at national level, over the MNF even at the cost of decision of the Central leadership.
The Kamalanagar Times was the first to report that both BJP national President Amit Shah and national general secretary (organization) Ramlal had tweeted that BJP and MNF together had obtained the majority in the CADC. State President of BJP JV Hluna said yesterday that senior leader Ram Madhav had spoken to MNF leadership and agreed to form BJP-MNF government in CADC. The MNF is already a member of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), which was formed to make the entire Northeast Congress free.
Read earlier report, It’s official: BJP, MNF to form coalition govt in CADC here
Sources said an agreement has been reached yesterday evening between the elected councillors of the Congress and BJP to form a Joint Legislature Party (JLP) headed by Shanti Jiban Chakma (CADC BJP President) and Buddha Lila Chakma (elected councillor of Congress) as deputy leader.
As per the agreement, which has not been made public yet, Shanti Jiban Chakma will become the Chief Executive Member, the administrative head of the Council, the sources said.
Mizoram’s Cabinet Minister and Congress leader Zodintluanga has confirmed the post-poll alliance of the Congress and the BJP after local leaders of both the parties reaching an agreement.
Sources said, the state BJP leadership is not happy with the development and contemplating taking action against the elected CADC members for forging alliance with the Congress.
The CADC is an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people, formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution in 1972. The Council exercises legislative, executive and judicial powers over allotted departments within the territory of CADC.
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