Lalduhoma, the leader of the Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Mizoram. This event unfolded at the Raj Bhavan complex in Aizawl, where several other ZPM leaders also took the oath as ministers, marking the party’s ascent to power.
The ZPM, a relatively new political player registered in 2019, achieved a remarkable victory in the recent assembly elections, securing an impressive 27 seats. This unexpected triumph positions Lalduhoma at the helm of Mizoram’s governance, symbolizing the electorate’s endorsement of the ZPM’s political agenda.
On the heels of his election as the leader of the ZPM Legislature Party, Lalduhoma assumed the chief ministerial role, with K Sapdanga designated as the deputy leader. This leadership transition underscores the party’s internal cohesion and strategic planning.
The formation of the council of ministers, a pivotal aspect of the new government, was deliberated upon by the Val Upa Council—an advisory body within the ZPM. This council met with Lalduhoma to finalize the composition of the ministerial council. Notably, Lalrinpuii emerged as the sole woman minister among the 12-member council, reflecting a commitment to gender diversity in the cabinet.
A noteworthy facet of the ministerial lineup is that seven out of the 12 appointed ministers are first-time winners. This infusion of new faces brings a fresh perspective and energy to the governance structure, potentially signaling a departure from established norms.
As Mizoram ushers in this new political era under Lalduhoma’s leadership, there is anticipation and scrutiny regarding the policies and initiatives that will define his tenure. The ZPM’s rapid rise and successful electoral debut mark a paradigm shift in Mizoram’s political landscape, highlighting the dynamic nature of regional politics.
Lalduhoma’s swearing-in as the Chief Minister of Mizoram not only signifies a triumph for the ZPM but also sets the stage for a period of transformation and reform in the state. The composition of the council of ministers, with its blend of experience and new entrants, adds an interesting dimension to the unfolding narrative of Mizoram’s political evolution.