NDPP’s Shari wins Aonglenden by-poll

NDPP’s Shari wins Aonglenden by-poll
Sharingain Lkr
Correspondent MOKOKCHUNG, MAY 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/23/2019 12:40:32 PM IST

Consensus candidate of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) led PDA partners, Sharingain Longkumer, won the by-election to 26 Aonglenden Assembly constituency by a margin of 6,245 votes. 

In the straight fight with Alem Jongshi of the Congress (INC) in the by-election where polling was held on April 11, Sharingain garnered a total of 8,607 votes, while the INC candidate got 2,362 votes. 28 voters opted for None Of The Above (NOTA), while 17 votes cast through postal ballots got rejected.  

Later in the afternoon, assistant returning officer Kuiza Kaurinta handed over the winning certificate to Sharingain. 

Speaking to reporters after receiving the certificate, Sharingain said he was confident from the beginning that he would win as he knew the winning formula. 

He admitted that he initially had reservations as a fresh candidate, besides there were 3-4 other candidates. 

However, the victorious NDPP candidate said he was pleasantly surprised to having won by such a big margin as he did not expect it. 

On being asked about his priority as an MLA, he replied that he would first coordinate with the district administration to see in which areas development was lacking, adding that he will make an assessment and carry out the work accordingly.

The 37 year old MLA also prayed that his election may be taken as a divine blessing and an opportunity for the constituency. 

26 Aonglenden A/C being a prestigious constituency, Sharingain said he wanted it to be a nerve centre of change, adding he will definitely bring a change that can be an example for other neighbouring constituencies. 

He expressed his gratefulness to the people of the constituency for reposing their faith on him and electing him with a thumping majority. He added that he will feel honoured if he gets a good portfolio. 

Asked his opinion about the result of the Lok Sabha election in Nagaland, Longkumer remarked that there is a real disconnect between the urban and rural populace. He acknowledged that the opposition parties had done their ground work nicely, while also admitting that Congress has roots in the State.


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