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PTI aizawl Last Updated at 10-11-2018 20:39:37 IST India

The ruling Congress in poll-bound

Mizoram on Saturday said it was no longer an ally of the BJP

in the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) and termed

the allegations made against the party in this regard by

opposition MNF as "false and baseless".

Mizoram is set to go to polls on November 28. The

tenure of the 40-member Assembly ends on 15 December 2018.

Former chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF)

chief Zoramthanga claimed on Friday that the Congress and the

BJP have continued to remain alliance partners in the CADC.

CADC is an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma

people, formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution on

April 29, 1972.

The council exercises legislative, executive and

judicial powers over allotted departments in its territory,

which is spread over 1500 sqkm.

Election to 20-member CADC on April 20 had thrown a

fractured mandate. While the MNF bagged eight seats, the

Congress won six, and the BJP five. Poll to one seat was

stayed by the Gauhati High Court.

Traditional rivals, the BJP and the Congress, formed a

coalition and staked claim to form the executive committee of

the tribal council.

However, the coalition faced a setback after a few

Congress members withdrew support to the BJP-led CADC.

Refuting Zoramthanga's claims, MPCC spokesperson

Lallianchhunga told media Saturday that seven Congress members

of the council had on October 29 withdrew support to the

BJP-led executive committee of the council, headed by Shanti

Jiban Chakma.

"Three executive members of the Congress had resigned

from the council in October, following which seven more

members of the party withdrew support. There is no coalition

between the BJP and the Congress in CADC anymore. All

allegations made in this regard by MNF are false," he claimed.

The committee, led by Shanti Jiban Chakma, has the

support of one just BJP executive member for now, he said,

adding that the governor was yet to order a floor test in the

20-member CADC.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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