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MNF govt in Mizoram to take oath amidst Christian rituals

GUWAHATI/ Aizawl, Dec 14 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/14/2018 11:33:41 AM IST

Tiny Northeastern state of Mizoram for the first time will witness a swearing-in ceremony amid reading of Bible verses and prayers at Raj Bhawan’s circular lawn in Aizawl on Saturday as the Mizo National Front (MNF) forms the next government in the Christian majority state.

According to Northeast Now, the MNF has defeated Congress to storm back to power in the Assembly election held on November 28 this year.
There will be a special “Hallelujah Chorus” by a local Leprosy group during the swearing-in ceremony.
Rev Lalhmingthanga, a senior Christian leader and chairman of the Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), conglomerate of leaders of 16 major churches, would lead the Bible reading. The Bible reading ceremony will be held after the singing of the National Anthem. MNF chief Zoramthanga on Thursday submitted the list of members of his council of ministers to be sworn-in on Saturday. State Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan would administer the oath of office and secrecy to the new Chief Minister and the ministers. Zoramthanga who will be sworn-in as Chief Minister on Saturday, had earlier served as the Chief Minister of Mizoram from December 1998 to December 2008 for two consecutive terms. Born on July 13, 1944, he was a lieutenant of the legendary former Mizo rebel leader Laldenga.
Lalrinawma appointed Pro-tem Speaker
Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan on Friday appointed Lalrinawma as the Pro-tem Speaker for the first session of the eighth state legislative Assembly commencing Tuesday, a notification said.
Lalrinawma was elected from Tuikum seat in central Mizoram’s Serchhip district on Mizo National Front (MNF) ticket. The two-time legislator would be sworn-in at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan on Saturday at 2.30 pm. He would exercise the powers of the Speaker during the session until Assembly speaker is elected, the notification said. 
Lalrinawma would administer the oath of office to the 38 newly elected legislators (one person was elected in two seats) on Tuesday, Assembly secretariat sources said, adding that the speaker would also be elected on the first day of the session. 
Rahasekharan would deliver his customary Gubernatorial address in the Assembly on Wednesday which would be the sole business of that day. The third and concluding day of the session would begin with obituary references by leader of the House Zoramthanga and the discussion on the motion of thanks on the governor’s address would be held after which the session would be adjourned sine die, the sources added.

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