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State Bye-Election: Candidates lobby for ruling parties’ ticket

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Kohima, September 13: Political parties in Nagaland are yet to get into election mood as the Election Commission of India (ECI) has not announced the date of polling for by-election to two Assembly seats, but aspiring candidates have already started lobbying.
Sources said intending candidates have started lobbying with political parties for tickets.
Sources from the political parties said they have not officially sat for the upcoming by-elections to Kiphire and Southern Angami-1 Assembly constituencies, but some people have shown interest to contest, especially from the ruling parties.
The Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) said they will field candidates, adding that some have shown interest to contest from the rooster party. The opposition has 25 MLAs.
In the last Lok Sabha election, the NPF did not field candidate and decided to support the Congress candidate. Some party functionaries say it was a blunder for the party not to contest, and support the Congress party, which does not have a single MLA in the Assembly. The Congress candidate, former Chief Minister, K L Chishi nearly defeated the NDPP and sitting MP, Tokheho Yepthomi.
The Congress which has zero account in the Assembly is also not averse to contesting the two seats.
The two constituencies fell vacant after the demise of former Speaker, Vikho-o Yhoshu from Southern Angami-1, who had won the poll from NDPP ticket, and NPF lawmaker, Torechu from Kiphire constituency.
Sources said there are many intending candidates seeking NDPP and BJP tickets, especially from Kiphire where nearly a dozen of people are eyeing BJP ticket. During the last State general election, Kiphire constituency was allotted to the saffron party as seat sharing arrangement. If BJP wins its tally will rise to 13 in the House of 60 members. The BJP is a formidable force in the Government, with Y. Patton as Deputy Chief Minister, and has been trying to consolidate its position. And only time will tell whether dark horse will emerge from certain angle?
In both the seats, multi-corner contest is expected.
Elections are likely to be held in November alongside the Bihar State polls. (Page News Service)

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