Led by Lal Thanhawla, Congress bagged 34 seats in the polls while the three-party opposition alliance, Mizoram Democratic Alliance (MDA), managed to win only six seats in the polls to the 40-member state Assembly.

Thanhawla became the Chief Minister for the fifth term and for the second consecutive time.

The Election Commission had to reschedule the dates for polling and counting of votes in the state after objections by churches, NGOs and political parties as these clashed with church events.

2013 saw 17 people getting killed by a massive landslide that was caused by collapse of a government office building which swept away 11 private buildings in the northern part of Aizawl city.

The year was marred by a series of abductions allegedly by insurgents holed up in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Mizoram police also managed to seize huge cache of sophisticated arms in 2013. In a joint operation with Assam Rifles, the state police found 33 arms during the first part of March in a farm house near the lone Lengpui Airport, about 40 km west of Aizawl.

Police said the arms were smuggled from Myanmar across the 404-km-long porous international border with Mizoram and meant for the Parbotia Chatagram Jana Sangata Samity (PCJSS) faction of the Shanti Bahini insurgents based in Bangladesh.

Talks between the Mizoram government and Manipur-based Hmar People's Convention - Democrats that began on January 31 ran into rough weather during the last part of the year.

The talks held on January 31 culminated in the signing of the bilateral Suspension of Operations (SoO) between the two parties for six months.

However, after the by-election to the Chalfilh Assembly seat was held peacefully in February, the signs of strain relationship began to show on both the sides.

The talks held in Aizawl on July 18 were inconclusive as the government delegation led by Lalbiakzama, Joint Secretary of the state Home department, and the eight-member Hmar People's Convention - Democrats (HPC-D) delegation led by the group's working chairman LT Hmar failed to reach an agreement on the extension of the SoO.

The two sides again failed to agree on the issue of extension of the SoO when they held negotiations on August 14 as the state government insisted on its extension for six months while the Hmar group's delegation expressed the desire for political level parleys.

Another issue that continued to nag the people and the government of Mizoram was the question of repatriation of the Brus from relief camps in neighbouring North Tripura district.

After concerted efforts by the Centre and the governments of Tripura and Mizoram, the repatriation process of the Brus commenced from September 30 during which around 100 returned to Mizoram.

The process, however, could not be continued as Election Commission officials felt that it would be violative of the election model code of conduct as the resettlement of the repatriated Bru families entailed payment of rehabilitation and resettlement package.

Conquest of Mount Everest by David Zohmangaiha with other 10 northeast mountaineers brought pride to Mizo people.


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