Congress-Mukt North East! Century old Congress party faces a humiliating defeat in Mizoram

The counting in the five states has crossed the midway marks and apart from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the verdict is almost clear. In Chhattisgarh, the Congress party is heading towards a landslide victory whereas in Telangana the TRS has succeeded in retaining back the power.

Meanwhile in Mizoram the Congress party is totally defeated by the Mizo National Front (MNF). Presently the Congress party is leading in just 6 seats whereas the MNF is leading in 29 seats. This is well past the majority mark as the seats required to form a government is 21 out of the 40 seat assembly house.

Note that this was the only state in North Eastern India where the Congress party was in power. Now, North East is Congress Mukt. It won’t be wrong to say that the North East is now saffronised. In the year 2014 the Congress party was in power in majority of the states; even the communists were ruling a state. And now the BJP is ruling four North Eastern states and three others are ruled by its allies.

How much do you know about Mizo National Front (MNF)?

It is said that BJP is going to form an alliance with the Mizo National Front (MNF). This party was formed by Pu Laldenga to protest against the negligence of the then central government towards the state during the famine situation in the Mizo areas of the Assam state in 1959.

Also note that Mizo National Front formed an alliance called United Democratic Front with seven other parties including BJP, to contest the only seat in Mizoram.

In the 2013 Mizoram Assembly elections the Mizo National Front had won just 5 seats but now it has succeeded in multiplying it by 6 times. Similarly Congress party under Pu Lalthanhawla had won 34 seats but now the decade old party has been routed away from the North East as it is leading in below 10 seats.

Hansika Raj