Veteran Naga politician Dr. S.C Jamir suffered his first ever defeat in an assembly election, after losing to NPF youth Toshipokba by a margin of 1320 votes at the May 7 by election to the 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency. The Aonglenden constituency has been a bastion of S.C.Jamir since winning it for the first time in 1974 on the United Democratic Front ticket. The seat was last won by late Nungshizenba Longkumer whose demise late last year necessitated the by election.
Congress candidate Dr. S.C Jamir could muster a total of 4945 votes while NPF candidate Toshipokba could get a total of 6265 votes including postal ballots out of a total of 11210 votes cast.
Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Lithrongla G Chishi later officially declared that Toshipokba of NPF has been elected to the 26 Aonglenden A/C.
After the counting, a celebratory program was held at the community hall Ungma where party officials of NPF, supporters besides chief campaigner and Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen attended.
Speaking on the occasion, at the meeting, the Home Minister said “we have perhaps won the biggest battle”. Imkong Imchen claimed that the seed of victory was sown in 2004 during the by-election(when it was won by C.Apok Jamir, after Dr S.C.Jamir resigned to take up gubernatorial assignment) and added that it was only in 2011 that the fruits could be enjoyed.
The Home Minister further went on to affirm that the factor for the poll victory of the NPF was on the Naga political issue which was the party’s number one agenda that made the NPF win.
He further asserted that the people of Aonglenden have given their mandate to Toshipokba to speak for the Naga issue and that the electorates of Aonglenden has accepted Neiphiu Rio’s leadership “which is evident today”.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP C.M.Chang has congratulated Toshipokba Longkumer for his landslide victory in the by-election to the 26 Aonglenden AC. Chang said that the victory was an indication of the good work done by the DAN government under the leadership of NPF president Dr. Shurhozelie and chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
NPF Dimapur division has felicitated NPF candidate Toshipokba Longkumer from 26 Aonglenden A/C for his victory in the by-election. NPF Dimapur division president K. Shilu Sangtam stated that the victory was an indicator that the DAN government under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF president Dr. Sh�rhozelie was going in the right direction. NPF Dimapur division thanked home minister Imkong L. Imchen and party members from Mokokchung, NPF central office bearers and NPF Mokokchung division for their tireless efforts for the success.
Imchen feels humbled
Home minister Imkong L. Imchen said he was humbled by the massive mandate given in favour of NPF candidate Toshipokba Longkumer by the electorates of 26 Aonglenden A/C. Imchen said that mandate was a clear demonstration of the people’s trust in the NPF party on the Naga political issue. He said it was also a demonstration that the dynamic leadership of Rio cannot be underestimated and that the people’s faith and confidence on his leadership has emerged undisputed. Imchen assured that the NPF and DAN government would stand with the people of Aonglenden for their development and safeguard their interest relentlessly.