AIZAWL, April 25 - In a dramatic turn of events, the five BJP councillors of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) have decided to form a coalition government with the six Congress councillors, just a day after the saffron party and the Mizo National Front, which emerged as the single largest party in the election held to the council on April 20, had made a decision for an alliance.
The development that took place at Chawngte (also called Kamalanagar), the headquarters of the Chakma Autonomous District Council, took even the State BJP top brass by surprise.
�We are surprised as it was agreed that the BJP councillors would form a new government with the MNF just yesterday,� said Gary T Haokip, Mizoram State BJP secretary. He added they could not contact the BJP councillors at Chawngte.
Congress sources from Chawngte said that the �Congress-BJP alliance� would be headed by a BJP councillor, Santi Jiban Chakma, who was elected from the Chhotapansury constituency. Reports said that he has been elected as the leader of the Joint Legislature Party. He is poised to become the Chief Executive Member as mutually agreed to by elected councillors of both the parties.
A Congress youth leader camping at Chawngte said that an agreement to this effect was signed by the Congress and BJP at the Chawngte Tourist Lodge.
On Tuesday, a few hours after the results of the Chakma ADC elections were announced, MNF president Zoramthanga announced in Aizawl that the MNF and the BJP, which are already allies in the North East Democratic Alliance, would form a coalition government.