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R M Chakma & Co make U-turn, rekindle ties with MNF

Aizawl: Making a political volta-face, Chief Executive Member (CEM) Rasik Mohan Chakma, who had earlier defected from the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) to join the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) along with 17 followers, rekindled ties with the MNF on Monday.

R M Chakma and the 17 members of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) had sent a resignation letter to the President of MNF Chakma District on September 29. The letter cited their resignation from MNF’s primary membership and relinquishment of respective organisational roles.

The mass resignation, endorsed by all 18 Members of District Councils (MDCs), including R M Chakma, was also forwarded to Chief Minister Zoramthanga and the President of the MNF General Headquarters.

Notably, Rasik Mohan Chakma and his party MDCs were poised to be received by ZPM working president K Sapdanga at Kamalanagar (Chawngte), the headquarters of CADC in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, on Wednesday.

Zoramthanga himself announced the political reversal on Monday afternoon through his X handle (formerly Twitter), expressing gratitude to Chakma and the MDCs for their decision to renew allegiance with the Mizo National Front. He welcomed them back, extending best wishes for their future endeavors.

“Thank you Pu (mister in Mizo language) Rasik Mohan Chakma & all concerned MDCs of CADCs for your heroic decision in pledging/renewing your allegiance with the Mizo National Front Party with noble reasons.

“We, the Members of MNF Party welcomes you and wishes the best for your future endeavour,” Zoramthanga posted in X.

Sources in Chawngte indicated that Chakma’s departure from MNF and the attempt to shift CADC’s allegiance to ZPM came after he was denied the ruling party ticket from the Tuichawng assembly constituency in the upcoming election for the 40-member Mizoram state legislature.

When questioned about Chakma’s return to MNF and the possibility of a ticket being granted, a member of the party’s nomination committee stated that clarity would be provided on Wednesday during the official announcement of candidates and the commencement of the election campaign in Aizawl.

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