Aizawl: Mizoram`s former Chief Minister
and Mizo National Front (MNF) leader Laldenga`s 20th death
anniversary was observed here today at his tomb where wreaths
were laid by many people.
Former Chief Minister Zoramthanga said that Laldenga
was regarded as `Mizo Hnampa` or `father of the Mizos` who led
his people for more than 20 years.
Laldenga formed the MNF on October 22, 1961 by
rechristening the Mizo National Famine Front (MNFF), earlier
formed to mitigate the sufferings of the people during Mautam
or famine, triggered by gregarious bamboo flowering in the
The MNF, under his leadership declared `independence`
on March one, 1966 plunging Mizoram into a state of
disturbance which continued till June 30, 1986 when he signed
the historic Mizo Peace Accord with the centre.
He became the Chief Minister of the interim
government on September 21, 1989 and also became the first
state Chief Minister in 1987.
He died in London on July seven, 1990 while returning
from New York where he was treated for terminal cancer.