11/12/2018 2:16 PM IST | Updated 11/12/2018 2:17 PM IST

Mizoram Elections 2018: CM Lal Thanhawla Loses From Both Seats

The Congress leader is a five-time chief minister.

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Mizoram CM Lal Thanhawla

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla of the Congress has lost both the seats he contested from in the state, NDTV reported. In Champhai South, he lost to TJ Lalnuntluanga of the Mizo National Front, while in Serchhip he was defeated by Lalduhoma, the Zoram People's Movement's (ZPM's) CM candidate.

Thanhawla has been the chief minister of Mizoram five times.

The counting of votes for the 40-member Mizoram assembly began at 8.00 am on Tuesday, amid elaborate security arrangements.

The Congress and the MNF fielded 40 candidates each while the BJP contested in 39 seats. The ZPM, an alliance formed by two political parties and four groups, contested in 35 seats.

In the 2013 elections, the Congress had won 34 seats, while the MNF got five seats and the Mizoram People's Conference bagged one seat.

The Congress and the MNF have alternately ruled Mizoram since 1987. No party in the state has so far been able to form government thrice in a row since 1987, when Mizoram became a full-fledged state.