After days of speculation, on 2nd May, the Governor of Mizoram invited the traditional rivals the BJP and the Congress to form government in the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in Mizoram.
Governor Lt Gen (retd) Nirbhay Sharma invited the United Legislature Party (ULP), an alliance of the BJP and the Congress, to form the executive committee and appointed ULP leader Shanti Jiban Chakma of the BJP as the Chief Executive Member of the Council.
A notification was issued in this regard by the District Council Affairs department of Mizoram on 2nd May.
CADC is an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people living in South-Western Mizoram bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar created in 1972 under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
The new council members will be sworn in on Friday Kamalanagar, the council’s headquarters in Lawngtlai district.
Confusion over Congress MDCs
Election to 20-member CADC was held on 20th April and results declared on 24th April did not give clear majority to any party. While the MNF emerged as the largest party with 8 seats, the Congress won 6 and the BJP 5. Election to one seat was stayed by the Gauhati High Court.
However, there is lack of clarity over the status of the 6 Congress Members of District Council (MDCs). In a press conference on 2nd May, State BJP general secretary Vanlalhmuaka told reporters in Aizawl that the council would have a BJP-led government supported by United Legislature Party (ULP) and not a BJP-Congress coalition as the elected Congress members had “left their party identity” and formed the ULP to support the BJP government, The Telegraph reported.
But the notification issued by the District Council Affairs department of Mizoram on 2nd May clearly stated that “the Governor of Mizoram is pleased to appoint Shri Shanti Jiban Chakma an elected MDC from 3-Chotapansury Constituency, and an elected Leader of the United Legislature Party as Chief Executive Member of the 10th Chakma Autonomous District Council with effect from 2.5.2018 i.e. the date of approval of the Governor of Mizoram”.
This means that the United Legislature Party is the name of the alliance formed by the alliance of the BJP and the Congress, and not the name of the party formed by the elected Congress members as claimed by the Mizoram BJP general secretary Vanlalhmuaka.
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