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Congress faces tough challenge in Mizoram
After losing power in state after state in the Northeast in the last three years, the Congress faces a tough challenge this time in Mizoram. Despite the country's Grand Old Party winning the last two Assembly elections in the state, but internal squabbles this time have, reportedly, brought major challenges in front of it.

Some political observers have pointed out that apart from the challenges brought about by the regional party Mizo National Front, the Congress would have to tackle in-fighting and anti-incumbency wave in the upcoming Assembly polls. 

The elections for the 40-member Mizoram Assembly will be held on November 28. The main contest would be limited between the Congress and the regional parties, as opined by political observers. If the Congress loses the fray then the entire Northeast would become free of the Congress as the party has already lost power in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

With the resignation of former Home minister R Lalzirliana from the Lal Thanhawala cabinet on September 14 this year, in-fighting in the ruling party in Mizoram has reportedly, escalated. Lalzirliana was expelled from the party on September 17.  Not only that Lalzirliana Sailo, another cabinet colleague of chief minister Thanhawala also resigned from the council of ministers recently. This has turned major imbroglio for the party, sources have revealed. The Mizo National Front has started to take advantage of the anti-incumbency wave at a time when the ruling party is busy with defuse the rebel. Despite that no national level leader of the party paid visit to the state till today.   

The Congress had won 34 seats in the 2013 Assembly elections. It had captured power by bagging 32 seats in 2008. The Mizo National Front and the Mizo People's Conference had defeated the party in 2003.  On the other hand, the BJP is yet to foray into the tiny Northeastern state, which has the second highest literacy rate in the country after Kerala.

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