Monday, December 8, 2008

Congress Wins with 2/3 Majority

It was a clean sweep for the Congress in the tiny North-Eastern state of Mizoram. This state is quite unique among the others whose results were declared today: the BJP didn't win anything. Not surprising: Mizoram was never a BJP state.

The decade-long control of the Mizo National Front (MNF and allies) ended on the back of string anti-incumbency and an aggressive campaign by the Congress. Lalthanhawla is all set to form a Government there, with a powerful majority in the Assembly. He says that his main focus will be development. The outgoing Chief Minister accepted defeat.

Mizoram was the site of powerful campaigning, with Congress leaders such as Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh campaiging there. Clearly, the Congress threw the kitchen sink at the MNF, and it paid off. 

So with Mizoram, the Congress ended an eventful day, keeping Delhi and winning Rajasthan and Mizoram. The race for the Lok Sabha in 2009 just got a lot more interesting!

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