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Dr. Jamir undecided on by-poll fray
Raymond Kharmujai DIMAPUR, MAR 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Mar. 2011 12:57 AM IST
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Former Nagaland chief minister and former governor Maharashtra Dr. SC Jamir has not decided so far whether he would contest the by-election to the state from 28 Aonglenden, the Assembly constituency he had earlier been elected for five times. “I have not decided yet. Yes, party leaders are pressing me (to contest the by-poll), but I have not made any commitment so far,” the veteran Congress leader told Nagaland Post today.
“After serving as chief minister and governor, I want to remain free by giving free service to the people of the state. However, in a democratic society like ours let the people decide and I will consider it (contesting the by-poll) at the right time,” said Jamir, who was appointed as the permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee (CWC) by AICC president Sonia Gandhi recently.
The 26-Aonglenden Assembly Constituency fell vacant after the demise of sitting MLA Nungshizenba Longkumer on November 28 last year. Longkumer was elected from Aonglenden Assembly Constituency in 1987, 1989, 1993, 1998 and 2008 till his demise. He was also elected unopposed to the Mokokchung town constituency in 1998. The Election Commission is yet to announce date for the by-poll. Jamir had represented the 26-Aonglenden Assembly Constituency for five times in 1974, 1982, 1986, 1988 and 2003 besides winning the by-election to the 25-Mongoya Assembly Constituency in 1971 and Mokokchung town constituency in 1989, 1993.
He served as chief minister of Nagaland four times (1980, 1982-1986, 1989-90 and 1993-2003). In his first two terms, he was a member of the Progressive United Democratic Front, but by 1989 he had switched to the Indian National Congress.
He was also the Governor of Goa from July 2004 to July 2008 and sworn in as governor of Maharashtra on July 19, 2008. In July 2009 he took additional charge of Gujarat state during the medical absence and subsequent death of governor-designate Devendra Nath Dwivedi.
Interestingly, Pangerla, wife of late Nungshizenba enrolled as an active member in the NPF March 14 at the party’s Mokokchung division office with the possibility of contesting the by-election from an NPF ticket.
Dr Shurhozelie on Jamir
NEPS Adds: Meanwhile, NPF president Dr Shurhozelie when asked about his reaction on reports about Dr Jamir’s possible entry into the fray, he said no “comment on it” but added “I sincerely feel that a man like him with his stature and age, should remain above party politics and work for the future of the Naga people.”
“The only thing I have in my mind is that he was Governor of the most prestigious states of the country” Shurhozelie said. Asked if Pangerla would be the party’s official candidate, he said the party had not yet decided on her candidature. The party was watching the situation and doing a serious study at it and would take a decision he added.

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