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NPCC polls postponed
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Sept 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 12:30 AM IST
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Two days after the AICC Election Observer for the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) elections announced re-poll on September 20 (Monday), the AICC has put the matter on hold for an indefinite period.
According to Congress sources, the AICC has instead summoned the two contenders-incumbent NPCC president I. Imkong and S.I. Jamir along with CLP leader Tokheho and other leaders to New Delhi for discussions.
It may be recalled that the polling on September 17 had to be suspended abruptly after 36 votes had been cast when miscreants pelted stones at the Congress Bhavan Kohima during polling and later gate crashed inside the booth and destroyed the polling boxes. After disruption of the polling, AICC Pradesh Returning Officer (PRO) in-charge of Nagaland H.K. Patil had rescheduled polling for September 20. It was reported, that at the meeting with members of both camps, Patil sought for head count.
However, after Patil reportedly reached New Delhi, the poll was postponed indefinitely. The September 17 incident only confirmed the growing rift between the opposing camps within the Congress which has been brewing since the run up to the polls. Claims and counter claims of majority support by both I. Imkong and S.I. Jamir continues.
When contacted S.I. Jamir claimed the support of 14 legislators to Imkong’s five (K.L.Chishi,Hewoto, Chingwang Konyak,I.Imkong and Nungsangyabang) and also the support of six out of eleven DCCs. Further he also claimed that “more members are supporting me, which is being attested with signatures”. Sungit put the figure to nearly 60 members slightly more than that which C. Apok Jamir MLA had stated in a press statement on September 17.The total voting strength for the NPCC polls is 80 members.
Another senior legislator supporting Sungit, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they would go to New Delhi and if required and at the appropriate time even “physically parade” their supporters to the high command to end the unwanted delay.
He said the party in Nagaland cannot continue in a situation of uncertainty and also made it clear they would insist on democratic elections and not selection.

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