ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mizoram-The Relevance of Laldenga

BOTH the 'crisis' that was reported to have overtaken the Peoples' Conference government headed by Thenphunga Sailo in Mizoram earlier this week and its apparently swift 'resolution', when the eight dissident MLAs decided, barely three days after announcing that they had withdrawn support to the Sailo ministry, upon a 'reconciliation' with the Chief Minister, are deeply shrouded in mystery. The confusion is further compounded by such factors as the links that exist between sections of the Peoples' Conference MLAs and the MNF, the attempts by the Government of India to encourage the emergence of a 'moderate' leadership in the' MNF in the person of Biakchhunga who managed to 'oust' Laldenga from the leadership of the MNF in June last only to be himself ousted last month and the relationship between the 'political' and the 'military' elements in the MNF, with the former ranging themselves against the attempts of the 'military' elements represented by Biakchhunga to continue to negotiate with the government of India according to the terms of the February 1976 agreement. More important than everything else is the crisis gripping the MNF itself which is being threshed out in the MNPs National Convention across the border to elect a leader. This is in effect a continuation of the unresolved power struggle within the MNF between the line followed by Laldenga and the one followed by Biakchhunga.

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