According to India Today-Axis My India exit poll, the Mizo National Front is likely to secure a vote share of 34 per cent, the Zoram Nationalist Party of 31 per cent and the Congress of 29 per cent.
India Today-Axis My India exit poll: It’s bad news for the incumbent Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla (L) as Congress trails behind the Mizo National Front led by chief Zoramthanga (R). (Photos: Facebook)
- MNF is likely to win 16-22 seats, ZPM and Congress may win 8-12 seats each
- Election for the 40-seat Mizoram assembly was held on November 28
- Result will be declared on December 11, along with MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana
An anti-incumbency wave is evident in Mizoram, predicts the India Today-Axis My India exit poll. The ruling Indian National Congress is trailing behind the Mizo National Front (MNF) in the Northeastern state.
While the MNF is likely to secure 16-22 seats in the 40-member Mizoram assembly, the Congress, that ruled the state for the previous two terms, may secure 8-12 seats.
The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) is seen to be emerging as a disruptive force denting the MNF and Congress in the state. The ZPM is a conglomerate of two political parties – the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) – and five other groups. The party’s chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma is contesting from two seats – Serchhip and Aizawl West I.
According to India Today-Axis My India exit poll, MNF is likely to secure a vote share of 34 per cent, the ZPM of 31 per cent and Congress of 29 per cent.
While the Congress and the MNF fielded their candidates in all constituencies, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) are contesting for 39 seats.
Election for the Mizoram assembly was held on November 28. The state recorded a turnout of 80.52 per cent of the 7.68 lakh voters. 209 candidates contested the election, results of which will be declared on December 11, together with Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Telangana.
The Indian National Congress has ruled the state for the last two terms (2013-2018 and 2008-2013) of the legislative assembly under the leadership of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. Lal Thanhawla has filed his nominations from his home turf Serchhip and also from Champhai South seats.
The Congress also formed the first two governments (1989-1993 and 1993-1998) in Mizoram after the formation of the state in 1987 with Lal Thanhawla as the chief minister back then too.
The Mizo National Front (MNF), with Zoramthanga as the party president, forms the principal opposition in Mizoram. Vanlalzawma is the leader of opposition in the state legislature. MNF has twice formed the government in Mizoram (1998-2003 and 2003-2008).