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MNF's coalition claims in Mizoram tribal council false: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  Aizawl 

The ruling in poll-bound on Saturday said it was no longer an ally of the BJP in the Autonomous District Council (CADC) and termed the allegations made against the party in this regard by opposition MNF as "false and baseless".

is set to go to polls on November 28. The tenure of the 40-member Assembly ends on 15 December 2018.

Former minister and (MNF) claimed on Friday that the and the BJP have continued to remain alliance partners in the

is an autonomous council for ethnic people, formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution on April 29, 1972.

The council exercises legislative, and judicial powers over allotted departments in its territory, which is spread over 1500 sqkm.

Election to 20-member on April 20 had thrown a fractured mandate. While the MNF bagged eight seats, the won six, and the BJP five. Poll to one seat was stayed by the

Traditional rivals, the BJP and the Congress, formed a coalition and staked claim to form the committee of the tribal council.

However, the coalition faced a setback after a few Congress members withdrew support to the BJP-led CADC.

Refuting Zoramthanga's claims, told media Saturday that seven Congress members of the council had on October 29 withdrew support to the BJP-led committee of the council, headed by Shanti Jiban

"Three executive members of the Congress had resigned from the council in October, following which seven more members of the party withdrew support. There is no coalition between the BJP and the Congress in CADC anymore. All allegations made in this regard by MNF are false," he claimed.

The committee, led by Shanti Jiban Chakma, has the support of one just BJP executive member for now, he said, adding that the was yet to order a floor test in the 20-member CADC.

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 20:40 IST