All eyes in Nagaland on Mokokchung bye-election

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 19:03

Mokokchung: All eyes are now on the
by-election to Aonglengden assembly constituency in Mokokchung
district from where Congress leader and former chief minister
S C Jamir is seeking re-entry into the state politics after a
gap about a decade while ruling Nagaland People`s Front (NPF)
is putting stiff resistance to ensure his defeat.

The by-election to the prestigious constituency, once
Jamir’s political citadel, will be held on May 7 for which the
elaborate security cover has been put to ensure a free and
fair poll and prevent any underground element from disrupting
the exercise.

The bye-poll was necessitated following demise of Congress
MLA Nungshizenba Longkumer last year.

At an election rally at Mokokchung today in support of
party candidate Toshipokba Longkumer, NPF president
Shurhozelie said he was surprised when the Congress announced
Jamir?s candidature for the bye-election since he did not
believe that the veteran Naga politician after serving as
governor would come back to the state’s politics through a
bye-poll at such an old age.

"We all respect him, we feel proud of him. But Jamir’s era
of politics has gone. Today young people are not interested of
politics propagated by Jamir," Shurhozelie asserted.

Addressing the meeting, chief minister Neiphiu Rio
highlighted the steps taken by his government. He said
although it is a bye-election it is fight between the NPF
government and the opposition Congress.

Jamir said at his Mokokchung residence that although
it is a bye-election, it has turned into "a fight between a
government and an individual."

Asserting that there is no retirement in politics, Jamir
said he had a "mission and commitment" for the Naga people
which had been "morally handicapped at levels" and decided to
re-enter the state politics through the bye-election.

"I stand for a cause, today everything went wrong in the
Naga society and there are deep divisions and no cohesiveness.
So the society needs a transformation," Jamir said, adding "I
hope good sense will prevail upon the people."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 19:03

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