NDPP’s Tokheho Yepthomi wins lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland

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DIMAPUR, May 23: Consensus candidate of ruling People’s Democratic Alliance from Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) Tokheho Yepthomi won the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland defeating his nearest rival from Congress KL Chishi by a margin of over 16,000 votes. Yepthomi polled 5,00,510 votes while Chishi got 4,84,161 votes.

Even though the Congress drew a blank in the last Assembly election in 2018, the party put up a spirited fight in the general election with the support of Opposition Naga People’s Front. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and support of the NPF helped the Congress candidate in giving a tough fight to the ruling NDPP candidate. The four-cornered contest on April 11 had Hayithung Tungoe from National People’s Party (NPP) and M.M Thromwa Konyak (Independent) as the other candidates. Tungoe garnered 14,997 votes while Konyak managed 4,620 votes. Notably, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, chief minister Neiphiu Rio won the seat on NPF ticket.

Meanwhile, the bypoll to Aonglenden Assembly constituency saw Sharingain Longkumer of the NDPP emerging victorious by a margin of 6,245 votes against Congress’s Alem Jongshi Longkumer. Sharingain polled 8,607 votes while Alem Jongshi managed 2,362 votes. The voting percentage obtained by NDPP candidate was 78.3% while it was 21.5% for the INC candidate. Mention may be made that the bye-election was necessitated following the death of sitting NDPP MLA Imtikumzuk on September 22, 2018.

“Congratulations to Sharingain Longkumer, consensus candidate of People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) from the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party on winning the 26 Aonglenden A/C bye-election. Thank you voters of Aonglenden for reposing your faith on the PDA Govt.” Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted after the results for the bypoll declared.

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