Five things you should know about Mizoram’s next CM, Zoramthanga


FIVE FACTS | December 13, 2018

Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga would be sworn-in as the chief minister of Mizoram at the Raj Bhavan here at 12 noon on Saturday, state protocol department officials said Wednesday.

Zoramthanga, who has been chief minister of Mizoram twice, was back with a bang on Tuesday after being in political wilderness for two assembly terms.

In recognition of the feat, we take a look at five things about him:

#1 Mizoram's next chief minister Zoramthanga was born on July 13, 1944 and is the second youngest out of eight siblings.

#2 He was second-in-command to Laldenga the pioneering leader of Mizo insurgency movement who was the MNF chief, during the secession movement. He eventually rose up the ranks to become the successor as party leader, after MNF was a recognised political party.

#3 When the movement started in 1966, Zoramthanga joined it and moved to the jungle. Laldenga engaged him as his secretary and he held the post for seven years. In 1979, he went on to don the mantle of MNF vice chief. After Mizoram attained statehood, Zoramthanga was made a minister in the state's interim government in 1987.

#4 After Laldenga died in 1990, Zoramthanga was entrusted with the task of heading the MNF.

#5 After winning twice (in 1998 and 2003) and losing in two subsequent elections, Zoramthanga is now set to be sworn in as the new chief minister of Mizoram.