Most of the areas of Mizoram was shut down by two parallel total bandhs on Wednesday as the opposition Mizo National Front enforced a 12-hour shut down to protest against rising prices of government services such as electricity and water supply charges.
The MNF is demanding roll back of hikes in electricity, water and government-supplied rice prices as well as a re-imposition of total prohibition (a demand echoed by Mizoram’s powerful Church and community organisations).
The Young Lai Association, a community organisation in the state’s southern Lai tribe-dominated area, also enforced day two of its indefinite bandh to demand better roads in Lawngtlai district.
The indefinite bandh is also being carried out at night, and YLA leaders have said they will not stop until the government assures them their demands will be met.
No bandh was enforced in the Chakma Autonomous District Council area, however, as residents voted in rural body polls to 81 Village Councils.
Thirty-two Congress candidates were declared elected unopposed in six Village Councils Tuesday after no other party fielded candidates in these areas.
J Hmingthanmawia, the Returning Officer at district headquarters Lawngtlai however said neither the overall turn-out nor results (votes began being counted after 4 pm) were available yet due to communication problems between polling stations and his office by the time of filing this report, but added there has been no reports of poll violence.