The new Mizoram government of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is set to assume office on Friday, according to sources from Raj Bhavan and the party. Lalduhoma, the Chief Ministerial candidate of ZPM, will hold meetings with newly-elected MLAs and party leaders on Tuesday night to finalize the formation of the government.
The ZPM, formed in 2018, secured 27 seats out of 40 in the Assembly, marking a significant victory over the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF). Mizoram has been governed by either the Congress or MNF since becoming the 23rd state of India in 1987.
The ZPM leader stated that the new cabinet, portfolio distribution, and other matters would be finalized in the Tuesday night meeting. Lalduhoma is expected to meet Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati on Wednesday to stake the claim for forming the government. The swearing-in ceremony for Lalduhoma as Chief Minister and the other ministers is likely to take place on Friday.
Lalduhoma, a former IPS officer and politician, emphasized that his party would provide issue-based support to national parties but would not align with any national group. He asserted that decisions would be made independently for the best interest of Mizoram and its people. Lalduhoma also mentioned that corruption cases of the MNF government would be referred to the CBI for thorough investigation.
In a multi-corner contest, Lalduhoma retained his Serchhip seat for the second consecutive term, defeating his MNF rival J. Malsawmzuala Vanchhawng by a margin of 2,983 votes, while other prominent nominees of the party also secured victories in their respective seats.
(With Agency Inputs)