NAGA NEWS| Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, MAR 15 (NPN) |
All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Thursday night announced the names of K.L. Chishi and Alemjongshi Longkumer as candidates for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election and by-election to the 26-Aonglenden constituency respectively.
In a statement, NPCC general secretary Capt. GK Zhimomi informed that the Central Election Committee of the AICC selected K.L. Chishi as INC candidate for the ensuing elections to the lone Lok Sabha seat and Alemjongshi as the Congress nominee for the by-election to the 26-Aonglenden A/C.
K.L. Chishi, former chief minister, had rejoined the Congress on March 14 after quitting the BJP on March 7 last. Chishi, who joined the BJP before the 2018 state Assembly elections, had lost the February 2018 assembly election for Atoizu assembly constituency.
Alemjongshi Longkumer is a former state civil service officer, who resigned as DC Tuensang.
The battle for Lok Sabha, as of now, will be between two former colleagues- Tokheho Yepthomi (NDPP) as PDA’s consensus candidate and KL Chishi of the Congress. Both Tokheho and Chishi were part of the Congress ministry during the reign of Dr. S.C. Jamir as the chief minister.
Till now, the contest for the by election to the 26-Aonglenden constituency could be triangular fight between NDPP member and PDA consensus candidate Shiraingan Longkumer, INC candidate Alemjongshi Longkumer and Independent candidate O. Tinujungshi Longkumer, brother of late Imtikumzuk Longkumer, who was the NDPP legislator of 26-Aonglenden A/C.
On the other hand, the opposition NPF party which currently has 26 MLAs is yet to decide on its candidates for both the Lok Sabha election as well as for the Aonglengden -by poll.
When contacted sources from NPF election committee informed Nagaland Post that discussions was still on and the picture would be clear by next week.
Meanwhile NPF has scheduled the ticket distribution ceremony of both Nagaland and Manipur Lok Sabha poll on March 19 at its central office, Kohima.
Meanwhile former Lok Sabha MP Asungba Sangtam has clarified that he has not sought Congress ticket to contest for the Lok Sabha on April 11.
He was reacting to a report carried in this newspaper that he was among three who had sought Congress ticket to contest in the Lok Sabha polls.
In a statement, the former Lok Sabha MP said that the information given by Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee sources was “wrong and speculative”.
NPCC sources had informed that the state Congress had forwarded the names of three aspirants, including Asungba, to All India Congress Committee’s screening committee for selection.