Political uncertainty shrouds formation of Mara council
AIZAWL: Political uncertainty continued to create confusion in the 25-member Mara Autonomous District Council (MADC) where the people gave a hung verdict in the election held on May 5 with political parties holding hectic parleys over formation of a government.
BJP, which secured 12 seats, one short of majority, has been holding negotiations with both the Mizo National Front (MNF) which bagged nine seats and Congress which won four seats. There was also talks between the MNF and Congress, said sources in Siaha town, the district headquarters of southernmost Mizoram's Siaha district and the seat of power of the MADC.
Congress on Tuesday announced that the grand old party would not forge a post-poll alliance and form the next government in MADC with neither withh the saffron party nor the MNF.
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Zodintluanga said BJP is the main political foe of the Congress in Delhi and MNF the main opponent in the state politics.
It was the turn of the MNF to announce on Wednesday that the party's nine elected members of the district council (MDCs) were ready to sit in the opposition.
Reports said while BJP and Congress have agreed in principle to forge an alliance to form the next government, power sharing has been the stumbling block in finalisingthe negotiations.
A political analyst told TOI that everything is possible in the 3 autonomous district councils' politicking, including defections in both BJP and Congress, as well as the MNF.
Once a Congress leader had described politicians in the ADCs like "chungu nungchung buk" or trying to weigh jumping frogs with a scale as they were described as having no loyalty to the political parties they belonged to or the constituents who elected them but only to themselves.
The 25 newly elected members will take oath on Thursday. It remains to be seen whether the first sitting of the council can be held on Friday, as scheduled by the state election commission (SEC) which conducted the polls.