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MNF yields to R M Chakma’s pressure to retain power at CADC

Aizawl: The ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) party, determined to maintain control over the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), has yielded to the pressure exerted by Chief Executive Member (CEM) Rasik Mohan Chakma. 

In an eleventh-hour decision, the MNF party nomination committee altered their choice of candidate, switching from Durjya Dhan Chakma to Rasik Mohan Chakma to contest the upcoming state assembly polls, for the Tuichawng assembly seat.

The MNF leadership has announced its plans to unveil the complete roster of 40 candidates for the upcoming state assembly elections, along with the official commencement of the election campaign on Wednesday.

The unexpected change in candidate selection deeply ruffled the feathers of Durjya Dhan Chakma, who had been initially informed by the MNF nomination committee that he would be contesting from the Tuichawng assembly constituency.

Reacting to the nomination switch, Rasik Mohan Chakma, or R M Chakma, expressed his discontent by rebelling against the MNF leadership. He promptly submitted his resignation to the Chakma District MNF President on Friday, accompanied by 17 MNF members of the district council (MDCs). Their resignations extended beyond organisational posts to encompass their primary membership within the party.

A unified front of 18 MDCs, including RM Chakma, sent a copy of their mass resignation to Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who also serves as the president of the MNF General Headquarters. Additionally, RM Chakma publicly declared his intention, along with the 17 other MDCs, to align themselves with the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and transition the MNF-ruled CADC into a ZPM government.

R M Chakma remained steadfast in his resolve until Sunday when he confirmed his and his followers’ intention to join the ZPM during a conversation with journalists via phone.

The unexpected political about-face by R M Chakma was officially announced by none other than Chief Minister Zoramthanga himself, who utilized social media on Monday afternoon to express his gratitude to the former CEM for rekindling ties with the MNF.

The nomination of R M Chakma, as originally promised by the top MNF leadership for the Tuichawng assembly seat, was reaffirmed by the party’s nomination committee in the early hours of Tuesday morning, paving the way for an intriguing contest in the upcoming state assembly elections.

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