In a 1st, a Mizoram govt to take oath amid Christian rituals

In a 1st, a Mizoram govt to take oath amid Christian rituals

Source:  Times Of India  

AIZAWL: Mizo National Front is set to take oath in a predominantly Christian ceremony on Saturday, making it a first for a government in Mizoram.

Apart from readings of Biblical verses, religious hymns like Handel’s famed ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ will be sung to mark the occasion. “We are doing it for the first time,” Lalruatkima, a newly-elected MNF legislator, said on Thursday, adding, “Singing of gospel and reading of verses from the Bible will follow the national anthem.”

Two-time chief minister Zoramthanga, who is also the head of MNF, and his team of ministers will take the oath of office at Raj Bhavan Friday noon.

MNF is known for its close association with the Church and its strong opposition to the dilution of prohibitions laws by the outgoing Congress government in the 97% Christian border state. The Lal Thanhawla regime had allowed manufacture of local wine and restricted sale of IMFL while MNF has always supported complete prohibition.

The 40-member assembly will now have 26 MLAs from MNF, eight from Zoram People’s Movement and five from Congress. It will also have its first BJP MLA, Buddha Dhan Chakma, a Buddhist who contested from Tuichawng.

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