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21 June 2012

80% Mizo MLAs To Back Pranab As President

Aizawl, Jun 21 : With Presidential polls scheduled for July, 80% of Mizoram's legislature is already backing UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee. Of the 40 members in the Mizoram assembly, 32 belong to the ruling Congress.

The main opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) and its junior partner Mara Democratic Front (MDF) have four legislators each.

The Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) and the Zoram Nationalist party (ZNP), which fought the assembly polls in 2008 as allies under the banner of United Democratic Alliance (UDA), have two MLAs each, but they may not agree to support the same candidate if in fact there is a contest for the top post.

Mizoram's also has two MPs - C L Ruala in the Lok Sabha is a Congressman and Lalhming Liana in the Rajya Sabha state belongs to the opposition MNF. With the Congress having 32 members in the state legislature and each legislator having a vote worth eight votes, the ruling party has 256 votes out of the total 320 votes.

The ZNP, led by former Lok Sabha member Lalduhoma, which has two legislators, may toe the Congress line as the two parties forged an alliance for the Aizawl Municipal Council ( AMC) polls held on November 3, 2010 and won 10 seats of 19 wards, while the MNF-MPC combine bagged nine wards.

While it is a common belief that the opposition MNF and the MPC may form an alliance for the state assembly polls scheduled for next year, it is still unclear whether the two parties would vote for the same presidential candidate on July 19.

Former state chief minister Zoramthanga said while Mukherjee is likely to sweep the Presidential polls, the MNF was yet to make up its mind on its stand. The MNF may support if Purno A Sangma as he is a tribal and a Christian from the northeast region.

EC has appointed the Ngurthanzuala and Vanlalnghenga secretary and additional secretary respectively of the state assembly as assistant returning officers for the polls.


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