Besides Chawngthu and Vanlalvena, C. Lalsawivunga, the sitting legislator in the constituency and member of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), will be contesting as the ZPM nominee in the coming assembly polls.
Chawngthu is the second woman to be inducted in the state council of ministers in the state since the appointment of the first Minister of State Lalhlimpuii in 1987 under the then Chief Minister Laldenga.
They are also the only women who made it to the state legislature after Mizoram attained statehood in 1987 though, 8 assembly elections have been held since then.
The tenures of both the women ministers were short-lived. With Laldenga’s government toppled within 20 months by defections within the erstwhile underground Mizo National Front (MNF), Lalhlimpuii also held the Minister of State for Social Welfare for the same period.
Chawngthu was elected from Hrangturzo assembly seat in central Mizoram’s Serchhip district in a by election. She was a member of the council of the council of ministers for half a term during the Congress government led by then Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla during 2013-2018.
Local political scientists opined that women politicians in the state have extremely slim chance of being elected as major political parties have been reluctant to field women candidates in the patriarchal Mizo society.