Man with 39 wives courted in India election

Polygamist and sect leader Zionnghaka Chana posing with his 39 wives.

As India holds the latest round of its mammoth elections Friday, one man — polygamist and sect leader Zionnghaka Chana — has become the voter every local politician wants to know.

With 39 wives and 127 children and grandchildren, Chana is a voter like no other in the remote northeastern state of Mizoram, and can deliver a sizeable bloc of support.

“We were witnessing a rush of politicians seeking votes in the last few days,” Chana told AFP from his 100-room home in the hills of Baktawng village outside the state capital Aizawl.

“During every election we are much in demand as the winning margins of politicians in this state are slim, so even 100-odd votes matter to them,” Chana, 70, said earlier this week.