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Flashback January 1994

Mizoram poll results: Not satisfactory for the Congress (I)

In the final analysis, it was only the Congress (I)’s electoral alliance with the Mizoram Janata Dal (MJD) that enabled Mr. Lal Thanhawla to be sworn in on December 8 for his third term as Chief minister, but this time as the head of a 15 – member, two – tier coalition government.

But the poll results may not augur well for the coalition government, according to political observers. Mr. Lal Thanhawla says, “I am not satisfied with the result.” And well he might for his party won only 16 seats out of the 28it had contested in the third Mizoram State General Elections to the 40 member assembly on November 30. This represents a considerable fall from the 23 seats it had won in the last assembly elections held in January 1989.

The MJD, on the other hand, did much better than expected, winning eight out of the 23 seats it had contested. The party did not contest 28 seats as earlier reported.