Aizawl: As many as 770,000 people voted in order to decide the fate of 209 candidates –18 of whom were women — as Mizoram went to polls for the eighth time since it was declared a state way back in 1987.
The Congress, which has been in power since 2008 in the northeastern state, had to face a stiff battle from the Mizo National Front (MNF) for the 40 seats.
If the exit polls are to believed, Mizoram may have a hung 40-member Assembly.
Like the previous elections, there was a direct contest between the ruling Congress and the MNF. However, other parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Zoram Peoples Movement (ZPM)
and the National People’s Party (NPP) could play crucial roles in the formation of the next government.
Surveys predict that Congress is losing its northeast bastion.
As per CVoter, the ruling Congress is likely to get 14 to 18 seats and the Mizo National Front (MNF) 16-20. It has predicted 3-7 seats for the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM).
According to India Today-Axis My India, ZPM may dent both the MNF and Congress in the state.
According to Times Now-CNX, the MNF will win 18 seats and the Congress 16. The exit polls by Republic-C-Voter showed the MNF getting 16-20 seats.
Mizoram went to polls on November 28. The exit polls were announced after polling ended in Rajasthan and Telangana on Friday. The results for the Mizoram assembly elections will be declared on
December 11, along with those of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.