Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla’s two options on CADC govt formation

The Mizo National Front (MNF) said in Aizawl today that the decision regarding government formation in the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in Mizoram may be taken by the Chief Minister, Lal Thanhawla any time soon.

As The Kamalanagar Times had earlier reported, both the BJP-Congress alliance and the MNF, separately, had staked claim before the governor to form the executive committee of CADC.

Uncertainty has been prevailing over government formation since the elections results declared on 24th April threw a fractured mandate. While the MNF emerged as the largest party with 8 seats, the Congress bagged 6 seats and the BJP 5 seats. No party received the minimum of 11 seats required for government formation.

The BJP and the MNF are partners in the Northeast Development Alliance (NEDA) and immediately after the results were declared both the BJP and MNF state leaders declared that they would form coalition government but the local leaders of the BJP and Congress went ahead to form United Legislature Party. Yet, the BJP state leaders have not given approval to this alliance which is antithesis to the BJP’s “Congress Mukt Bharat” slogan.

The MNF in a statement said today that its leaders met state District Council Affairs Secretary Rodney L Ralte to discuss the development arising out of the BJP-Congress combine staking claim as well as the demand of the MNF for a floor test to prove strength.

Ralte reportedly said that the State Government was considering two options – either to go for a floor test as suggested by the MNF, or invite the BJP-Congress alliance United Legislature Party(ULP) to form the government, reported PTI today.

“Ralte said the department proposed the two options and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla would decide on the issue and communicate his decision to the Governor,” the MNF statement said.

The Chief Minister may give his advice anytime soon, because the deadline of government formation in CADC is up to 4th May (Friday), as the notification issued by the Mizoram State Election Commission.

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