NPF announces candidate for by-poll
Kohima, Apr 7 (NPN): The NPF Central Working Committee today approved the candidature of Toshipokba for the forthcoming by-election to 26 Aonglenden Assembly Constituency scheduled to held on May 7 next. Earlier the Congress has announced the candidature of veteran Naga politician Dr S.C.Jamir, former Governor and chief minister. It may be mentioned that 26 Aonglenden A/C fell vacant following the demise of sitting Congress MLA Nungshizenba during the later part of 2010. The Election Commission of India had earlier fixed for the by-election for the state on May 8. However, after the NPCC and later the state government including the NPF and NBCC opposed holding of polls on Sunday May 8, the ECI rescheduled the polling date on Saturday, May 7. In the 2008 elections, late Nungshizenba (INC) defeated the nearest rival candidate Imtikumzuk (Ind) by a margin of 1539 votes while Toshipokba(NPF) came third losing by a margin of 2284 votes against late Nungshizenba. Dr. S.C. Jamir, former Governor of Goa and Maharashtra began his political career as joint secretary Naga People’s Convention and vice chairman Mokokchung Town Committee(1950-60) and later MP from 1961-70 during which he held office as parliamentary secretary(external affairs) and union deputy minister under various ministries (1961-1970). He returned to Nagaland and won his first assembly election to the 25 Mongoya assembly constituency in 1971. The 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency has been returning Dr Jamir since 1974 from which he has never lost. Dr Jamir also won elections to the 27 Mokokchung Town constituency(1989,1993-1998) He was also chief minister in 1980;1982-86;1989-93;1993-1998 and 1998-2003. Party sources said Dr.S.C.Jamir will be arriving Mokokchung along with the top leaders of the Congress legislature and PCC where a formal declaration of his candidature will be made on Friday. It was learnt that in Kohima, Dr S.C.Jamir held a series of meetings with the party officials, Ao Gazzeted Officers Kohima and also with other prominent leaders. So far, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state unit has yet to announce its candidate for the May 7 by polls.
AG office clarifies
DIMAPUR, APR 7 (NPN): Pertaining to news item as published in the local dailies that 1520 pension cases have been settled between October 2009 to February 2011, the office of the Accountant General Kohima has clarified that the information was provided by its office and that the figure was “correct.” Senior Accounts Officer of the AG, in a faxed statement said that the figure of 1520 included total number of pension cases settled during October 2009 to February 2011 for compulsory retirees, family pension, voluntary and invalid pension. It was also stated that the figure of 700 pension cases settled out of 900 given by the AG in the press briefing on March 30 only pertained to the compulsory retirees (35 years of qualifying service) and excluded other type of pension cases settled.