Mizoram, one of the states with a higher male to female ratio and a 91% literacy rate in 2011 is currently being served by the Congress government. Mizoram has the highest tribal population where 95% of its population is classified as Scheduled Tribe. Of these around 87% are Christians and the rest of them are Buddhists making them the largest minority population state in India.
Mizoram is currently being led by 79-year-old Congress leader and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla. Congress won a total of 34 seats in the existing 40 while the opposition party Mizoram National Front (MNF) won the rest. This party currently being led by Mizoram Vanlalzawma is one of the key political players in the state.
New political parties have emerged in the state of Mizoram like Zoram Exodus Movement (ZEM) formed by retired priests, retired government officials, and senior journalists. ZEM announced an alliance with the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZN), and the Mizoram People’s Conference (MPC) that had won one seat in the previous election. An anti-corruption watchdog that goes by the name PRISM (People’s Right to Information and Development Implementation Society of Mizoram) has converted itself into a Political Party with the name People’s Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM).
Another party that goes by the name Maraland Democratic Front which was earlier an ally of MNF now merged with BJP which has no previous stand in the state. But since the Congress leader and the current chief minister had landed himself in the midst of a controversy when he failed to explain his assets that grew by whopping 2406 percent in the last five years, there might be a new party that can emerge as the victor and make its stand in the upcoming Mizoram elections 2018.