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
"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
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