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Wangpang Konyak is NDPP candidate for 43 Tapi A/C by-poll

Wangpang Konyak

DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 17: The ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) has picked Wangpang Konyak, the former personal secretary of Noke Wangnao, to contest the by-election to 43 Tapi Assembly Constituency in Mon district and retrieve the seat that once belonged to his former boss.
Wangpang, who will turn 40 in December, was issued the NDPP ticket on Tuesday at the party headquarters at Chümoukedima. With this development, it is likely that the by-poll scheduled for November 7 will be a straight fight between NDPP and Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC).
The Tapi seat has been lying vacant since the death of NDPP Legislator Noke Wangnao on August 28.
After receiving the ticket, Wangpang said that if elected he will work for the progress of the entire State and not just his constituency.
According to him, he had recently resigned as a Superintendent in the Directorate of New Renewable Energy in order to contest the by-poll. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from North East Hills University, Shillong.
The President of NDPP Chingwang Konyak suggested that they were caught unaware by the ECI announcement of by-poll. “We were thinking of requesting the Election Commission to club together the by-poll and the Lok Sabha elections (expected to be held in April and May next year)”, he said.
He went on to state that he was “on tour in Bangkok” when the ECI announcement was made.
Chingwang also said that there were “lots of aspirants” for the NDPP ticket, including “Mrs Noke”. Even the NPF and JD (U) were among those who had sought tickets, he said.
However, the party hierarchy decided to choose Wangpang after “all assessments”, he said.
The NDPP chief also said that the JD (U) candidate for Tapi seat during the Nagaland Assembly Elections in February this year, Giehwang Konyak, has decided to back the NDPP candidate in the by-poll. Apparently, the arrangement was finalised on Tuesday morning before the ticket hand-over function.
Curiously, Chingwang appealed to NDPP Legislators who are in charge of “important portfolios” to help the party financially during the by-election. “That can be handed over to the Chief Minister”, he said.
Chingwang cautioned that despite their position in the ruling bench, “an election is an election” and it cannot be taken lightly.
It was also announced that the National People’s Party candidate for Tapi during the Assembly Elections has decided not to contest the by-poll and instead support Wangpang.
According to reports, the NPCC has chosen Wanglem Konyak as its candidate for the Tapi by-poll. In the February elections, Wanglem contested on an NPF ticket and lost to Noke by 82 votes.
(Page News Service)