Kohima, February 9: BJP Nagaland is eyeing to increase its tally in the State Assembly despite criticism from some quarters over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and fear of Hindutva agenda.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is yet to announce the date for by-election to Pungro-Kiphire and Southern Angami -1Assembly constituencies, but the Lotus party is confident of increasing its tally from 12 to 13.
Sources said the saffron party is all set field its candidate for the Pungro-Kiphire constituency as the seat was allotted to them in the last election according seat sharing worked out with the Nationalist Democratic People’s Party (NDPP).
Sources said there are many intending candidates seeking BJP ticket to contest the by-election. There are at least nine intending candidates seeking the ticket. The seat became vacant after the dead of NPF legislator, Torechu.
The PDA Government led by Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio is a conglomeration of NDPP, BJP and one Independent. BJP is a major partner in the coalition.
In the Southern Angami-1 constituency, the NDPP will contest the seat and there are reports of some people lobbying for the NDPP ticket. But according to sources, the candidate will be decided by those close to the PDA Government and Chief Minister, Rio.
So far there are no reports of takers for opposition parties like NPF and the Congress. But going by the performance and euphoria of the last Parliamentary election, where the combined opposition, almost defeated the PDA candidate, this time again the opposition could give a tough fight in the two seats.
(Page News Service)