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Congress faces tough challenge in Mizoram Assembly polls

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

After being in power for two consecutive terms, internal squabbles and anti-incumbency factor are making the situation difficult for the in which is expected to face a tough challenge from the in the upcoming Assembly polls.

goes to poll on November 28.

on Saturday alleged that his former cabinet colleagues R and were "corrupt" when they were ministers.

Lalzirliana, who was the state home minister, resigned on September 14

after he was served a show cause notice by the (DAC). He was expelled from the party on September 17.

The recent resignation of former from the is also seen as a major setback for the ruling party.

Thanhawla also hit out at Robert Romawia Royte, who recently joined the MNF, saying proceedings would be initiated against him regarding allegations of over Rs 200 crore graft while in government service.

Royte, popularly known as 'Triple R', will contest the Assembly poll from Aizawl East-II seat against

Sources in the Pradesh Committee (MPCC) said though only a few people have left the party, cracks have began to appear in its ranks and file.

"The mood within the party is clear from the fact that its nomination committee has failed to make any decision till the announcement of poll date on Saturday, while the MNF has already made public the list of candidates for at least 98 per cent of the seats," they said.

was defeated by the MNF and the Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) combine in 1998. At that time, then did not make it to the as he was defeated in his home turf, Serchhip, by K Thangzuala of the MNF.

returned to power in 2008 by bagging 32 seats and again in 2013 by winning 34 seats in the 40-member Assembly.

MNF vice R Lalthangliana has claimed that many Congress workers would soon leave the ruling party following the footsteps of and Sailo as they have to abandon the "sinking ship" being steered by

Lalthangliana claimed that power struggle within reached its climax and many of its workers would join the MNF.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 16:25 IST