Sitting Nagaland MP, former CM files nominations for Lok Sabha

Kohima, Mar 22 :Sitting Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) MP, Tokheho Yepthomi and Congress nominee K.L.Chishi on Friday filed their nominations for the lone Lok Sabha seats.

The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio comprises of NDPP, Bharatiya Janata Party, Janata Dal (United) and an Independent member is supporting Yepthomi.

In 2018, Yepthomi, 66, won the by-election to the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland defeating opposition Naga People’s Front candidate, C Apok Jamir, by a margin of 1,73,746 votes.

The by-poll was necessitated after Chief Minister Rio resigned quit his Lok Sabha seat and successfully contested the elections to the Nagaland assembly.

The Congress has sought the support of the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) to support the Chishi, who had served as Nagaland Chief Minister in 1990 for 28 days.

Leader of Opposition and NPF leader, T.R.Zeilang said : “Both the Congress and the NPP have sought for NPF’s support but the party is yet to decide.”

Chishi, 75, had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party earlier this month over the BJP-led NDA government failure to solve the protracted Naga insurgency, the unemployment problem and lack of development in Nagaland.