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Former chief secy appointed vice president of Mizoram PCC

Lalnunmawia Chuaungo (L) and Lalsawta

Aizawl: In a last ditch effort to revamp the grand old party, Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Lalsawta on Friday made changes in the office bearers of the state PCC by inducting former state Chief Secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo as Vice President of the party.

The current MPCC Vice President Lal Thanzara, former minister and younger brother of 5-time state Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla was appointed as Senior Vice President.

Reshuffle of the state PCC was approved by the meeting of the MPCC Executive Committee on Friday.

Still weighed down by the anti-incumbency wave and recent internal squabbles, the Mizoram PCC failed to make inroads in the state to take on the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) even as election to the 40-member state assembly is only around 3 months ahead.

Induction of Chuaungo, as Vice President was seen as an attempt to revamp the MPCC ahead of the state assembly elections as he had earned sympathies of the general public when he was kicked out of Mizoram a few weeks before the 2018 state assembly polls.

Chuaungo, then state home commissioner, was suddenly transferred to Delhi reportedly at the instance of the then state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S B Shashank triggering massive protest rally in the former’s support.

Later, Chuaungo, Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, was transferred back to Mizoram and became state Chief Secretary and again appointed as Chief Information Commissioner of the state Information Commission, a few months before his retirement.

If the party leadership reshuffle does not have any positive impact on the MPCC, political analysts said that the main contest in the coming election will be between the MNF and the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM).

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