Kohima: The ruling Naga People`s Front (NPF) supported by Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) won the lone Lok Sabha seat of Nagaland for the third consecutive time since 2004, but its victory margin decreased compared to 2009.
This time the NPF candidate was Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. The NPF`s victory margin came down to 4,00,225 votes as against the 4,83,003 votes of 2009, a decrease of 82,778 votes.
Rio defeated Congress candidate K V Pusa in the parliamentary poll.
A senior legislator of NPF had claimed that the win is bigger as per the votes polled percentage, but even that too is 68.7 per cent while in 2009 it was around 69.96 per cent.
This parliamentary election also witnessed a decrease of 1,34,781 voters from 13,17,729 in 2009 to 11,82,948 in 2014.
Of the 13 Lok Sabha polls held in the state, Congress has won five times while the rest have gone in favour of regional parties.