KOHIMA, OCTOBER 31: Campaigning for the November 3 bye-election to the 2 Assembly segments of Nagaland is at its peak with barely 24 hours remaining for the campaign period to end at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The bye-elections are to be held on November 3 in 14-Southern Angami-I Assembly Constituency, under Kohima district, and 60 Pungro-Kiphire Constituency, in Kiphire district.
The Southern Angami seat went vacant following the demise of the then Speaker and ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) Vikho-o Yhoshu, while Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) MLA T Torechu held the Pungro-Kiphire seat.
Both of them died in December 2019 following prolonged illness.
Altogether 8 candidates – 4 each from political parties and Independents are in fray for the 2 seats.
Three candidates of the ruling NDPP nominee Medo Yhokha, Opposition NPF Kikovi Kirha and Independent Seyievilie Peter Zashumo are contesting for 14-Southern Angami-I seat.
For 60-Pungro-Kiphire seat, 5 persons including Khaseo Anar from Congress, Lirimong Sangtam of BJP and 3 Independents – K Shellumthong, T Yangseo Sangtam and Kiusumew Yimchunger are in fray.
Voting is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 3.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy CM Y Patton, BJP President and Minister for Higher and Technical Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along, Minister for Planning and Coordination Neiba Kronu, Minister for Public Health Engineering Jacob Zhimomi, NDPP president Chingwang Konyak, NDPP secretary general Abu Metha are campaigning for the ruling candidates in both the constituencies.
They are fighting the bye-election on seat sharing formula as pre-poll alliance partners of the 2018 State general elections – People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA).
NPF campaigners include Opposition Leader T R Zeliang, its president Dr Shürhozelie Liezietsu, MLAs Chotisuh Sazo, Yitachu, Vikheho Swu with former Speaker and Home Minister Thenucho Tunyi and others.
While ruling NDPP and BJP have been harping on and wooing electorates to elect their candidate asserting that their candidates Medo Yhokha for Southern Angami-I and Lirimong Sangatm for Pungro Kiphire Assembly Constituencies not only work for the welfare of the people of the respective constituencies but would also strengthen the hands of the Government in working for overall development and progress of the State as well as provide stronger and stable Government.
Opposition NPF has been charging of the present Government of failing to reach developmental activities to the interior areas while bringing more destruction than development in the State.
It has also charged the ruling PDA of not working for the Naga political issue, which is said to be in the final stages of dialogue between the Government of India and the Naga negotiators.
The Independent candidates have been trying to win over the electorates saying that given the opportunity they would join the ruling PDA and work for the welfare of the constituencies. However, Chief Minister Rio and Deputy CM Patton have declared even as he Independent candidates win the bye-poll they would not be included in the PDA as the present Government is running the affairs of the State with comfortable majority.
(Page News Service)