All eyes in Nagaland on Mokokchung bye-election
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 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."


First Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 19:03

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