House leader Lal Thanhawla made obituary references on the two pioneer legislators, and opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) leader R Lalthangliana, Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) leader Lalduhowma and Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) member Lalthansanga also gave short references on them.
Thanmawii, who died at the age of 92, became the first woman MLA in Mizoram when she got elected on People's Conference (now Mizoram People's Conference) from Aizawl East constituency in 1979 when Mizoram was a union territory.
Zalawma, who died at the age of 76, was an elected executive member in the Mizo district council under Assam and later elected on Congress ticket as MLA in the first assembly election in 1972 after Mizoram became a union territory.
He was again elected in 1984 assembly elections on Congress ticket from Kolasib constituency.
After Mizoram got statehood in 1987, he became a Congress MLA in mid-term elections in 1989 from Bilkhawthlir. The speakers said that both the leaders contributed a lot for the welfare of the people of Mizoram in many fields.
The assembly observed one-minute silence to pay last respects to the two leaders in second day of the budget session today.