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Lal Thanhawla appointed Congress Working Committee member

Recent photo of Lal Thanhawla and Rahul Gandhi

Aizawl: Former Chief Minister of Mizoram and veteran Congress leader Lal Thanhawla, aged 85, has been appointed as a distinguished member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) by the President of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), Mallikarjun Kharge. This announcement, made on Sunday, adds a seasoned voice to the ranks of the party’s leadership.

Lal Thanhawla’s name now finds its place alongside eminent figures like Sonia Gandhi, Dr Manmohan Singh, and Rahul Gandhi within the CWC.

Having served as the Chief Minister of the state for an impressive five terms, Lal Thanhawla’s political journey is marked by resilience and dedication. He also holds the distinction of being the longest-serving president of the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), having held the position since 1973 until his voluntary resignation in December 2021. His successor, Lalsawta, who once served as the Finance Minister, and Vice President of the MPCC, took over the reins.

Lal Thanhawla’s ascension to the position of Chief Minister initially occurred in 1984 when the Congress party triumphed over the People’s Conference government, led by Brig. T. Sailo. He played a pivotal role in the historic Mizo Accord signed on June 30, 1986. Subsequently, he transitioned from the Chief Minister’s role to become Deputy Chief Minister in the interim government headed by the former underground Mizo National Front (MNF) leader, Laldenga.

The seasoned leader secured victory in the state assembly elections of 1989, following the fall of the Laldenga government in 1988, subsequently resuming the mantle of Chief Minister. His leadership continued with the Congress party’s triumph in the 1993 assembly polls.

Although facing a political hiatus when the MNF party led by the present Chief Minister clinched the assembly elections in 1998 and 2003, Lal Thanhawla made an impactful return to power during two consecutive terms from 2008 to 2018, until the MNF, under Zoramthanga’s leadership, achieved a sweeping victory in the 2018 polls.

Deciding to gracefully step back from active politics, Lal Thanhawla tendered his resignation from the MPCC chief position in December 2021, coupled with an announcement that he would not participate in any future elections.

His recent appointment to the Congress Working Committee is being seen as a boost for the state Pradesh Congress Committee, arriving at a time when the grand old party is navigating the challenges of anti-incumbency sentiments in the state. The seasoned wisdom of Lal Thanhawla promises to infuse fresh vigour and guidance as the party navigates the political landscape.

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