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Congress retains power in Mizoram

Dec 09, 2013 08:37 PM IST Politics Politics

Aizwal: The Congress party has swept the Mizoram Assembly elections, winning 32 out of 40 seats. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is now polised for a second consecutive term in office.

The party's win in the north-eastern state is in sharp contrast to its fortunes in Northern India, where it witnessed a drubbing in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhathhisgarh and Delhi. In Delhi, where the party had been in power for 15 years, it won only 8 seats.

"There is no anti-Congress wave in Mizoram at all, there is a pro-Congress wave. Except in Rajasthan, there is not much of an anti-Congress wave in any other state. In Delhi, AAP played spoilsport for the Congress," said Thanhawla.

But what led to the crushing win? As expected, the pro-poor and employment generating New Land Use Policy may have been the catalyst.

A key factor in the elections also being the fading away of the Mizo National Front. Just like in 2008 the party led by Pu Zoramthanga could only manage a few seats.