NEW DELHI: This Friday, Lalduhoma, the President of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Mizoram. This unexpected development marked the regional party’s victory, breaking the dominance of the Mizo National Front (MNF) and the Congress.
Lalduhoma has become the sixth Chief Minister of the northeastern state since its accession with the country. Joining him, his close associate K Sapdanga has also been sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister. The cabinet led by Lalduhoma comprises Vanlalhlana, C Lalsawivunga, Lalthansanga, Dr Vanlalthlana, PC Vanlalruata, and Lalrinpuii.
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted at the Raj Bhawan complex in Aizawl, which was presided over by Governor Hari Babu Kambhampati, with other victorious ZPM leaders also taking their oath alongside them.
In addition to the Cabinet ministers, the swearing-in ceremony featured the participation of newly elected MLAs who are now assuming roles as state ministers. This group includes individuals like F. Rodingliana, B Lalchhanzova, Prof Lalnilawma, and Lalnghinglova Hmar, all taking their oaths of office.
This change in leadership signifies a new chapter in Mizoram’s political narrative, as the ZPM positions itself as a formidable regional party, which has now challenged former CM Zoramthanga’s party’s claims of true Mizo nationalism. Lalduhoma’s oath-taking has also demarcated a striking new narrative in the state’s political arena, ending the 36-year old duopoly between the MNF and the Congress.
Promises of a ‘new system’ have found acceptance within the hearts of the Mizo people, as the ZPM cruised through with 27 of the 40 Assembly seats, which is one more than what MNF had bagged in the 2018 elections which ended the rule of the two-time Congress government.
Earlier on December 6, Lalduhoma had organised a meeting at his residence, with the ZPM’s advisory council, the Val Upa, to decide upon their choice of CM, and the cabinet. Consequently, on December 7, the ZPM declared the party president as their chief ministerial pick.
Reportedly, the party is yet to pick their choice for Assembly Speaker but, according to reports, a “first-timer” will be given the coveted berth.