Straight fight for 26 Aonglenden A/C

Straight fight for 26 Aonglenden A/C
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Mar 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/29/2019 11:40:56 AM IST

Things have simmered down in the 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency, where by-election is to be held on April 11 along with the Lok Sabha elections, after two candidates (NPF and NPP) not only withdrew from the race but also announced their full backing for the ruling PDA consensus candidate from the NDPP. The by-election will now be a straight contest between the candidates of the PDA and the Congress.

While the NPF has expelled its nominee -- Toshipokba Longmuker -- for a period of six years as disciplinary action, for withdrawing from the race without the consent of the party, the NPP on the other hand, has filed an FIR with Mokokchung police. NPP sources also said the party will take further action in this regard.

The total number of electorate under 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency is 12,269 with 6,098 male and 6,171 female voters. The April 11 by-election in the 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency will be the second that will be contested by the ruling party (NDPP/PDA) against the Congress. The 2015 by-election in the constituency was also fought between the then ruling NPF/DAN against veteran Naga politician and former governor and five time chief minister, Dr. S.C. Jamir. Incidentally, in the 2011 by-election, Neiphiu Rio was the DAN chief minister and in the current 2019 by-election, he is also the chief minister of the PDA coalition.

The NPF candidate Toshipokba defeated Jamir in the 2011 by-election for the 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency.

The by-election to the 26 Aonglenden assembly constituency was plummeted into high voltage suspense when the NPP candidate O. Tinujongshi went “missing” and the party filed an FIR with Mokokchug Police. He resurfaced later to withdraw his candidature and pledged his full support to the NDPP/PDA candidate.

The same day, the NPF candidate Toshipokba also withdrew from the race and pledged his full support to the NDPP/PDA candidate.

Both candidates, in separate statements, have also declared their support to the PDA government under chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y. Patton.

There are 16 polling stations- Sangtemla Ward-I, Sangtemla Ward-II, Dilong Ward-I, Dilong Ward-II, Arkong Ward (S/Wing), Arkong (N/Wing), Ungma-I Aonglenden Block, Ungma-II Mekumpong Block, Ungma-III (N/Wing), Ungma-IV (S/Wing), Ungma-V, Ungma-VI (Mongsen Block), Ao Settsu, Kubza, Marepkong, and Aolijen. 

The single phase Lok Sabha election on April 11, will be held in 2194 polling stations spread over the state, with a total electorate of 11,63,388 with 5,89,138 male and 5,74,250 female voters.

NPF expels Toshipokba

A day after Toshipokba, NPF candidate for the by-election to the 26 Aonglenden Assembly Constituency, withdrew from the contest, the NPF president has expelled him from the party for a period of six years with effect from March 29, 2019.

In an expulsion order, NPF president Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu noted that Toshipokba, who was an active member of NPF, was issued a party ticket on March 19 to contest the by-election. While receiving the ticket, NPF president said the candidate signed a pledge to remain faithful and loyal to the NPF constitution and be subject to party discipline. However, the party chief noted that he withdrew his nomination paper on March 28 without the knowledge and consent of the party.

The party chief maintained that his act of declaring support to a particular candidate, who belongs to the political opponent of the NPF, was directly against the stand and principle of the party. Further, pointing out that his action attracted Art. XIV para 2 (a) & (c) of the Party Constitution, he said the NPF has expelled him from the party in pursuance to a recommendation of the Disciplinary Action Committee.

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