Kohima: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Phangnon Konyak on Monday filed her nomination for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in the state, at the Assembly Secretariat in Kohima.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, state BJP president Temjen Imna Along, and other legislators and officials from the BJP and NDPP party accompanied the candidate.
Speaking to journalists after filling of the nomination, Konyak said, “I feel good. There is a lot of optimism. I want to take the aspirations of the people in a practical way and bring about some practical changes with the party.”
While the Naga People’s Front (NPF) party is also likely to file a candidate for nomination to the seat, state BJP chief Temjen Imna said that the party expects the NPF to understand the relationship of the opposition-less alliance under the umbrella of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Although the NPF can decide for itself as an independent entity, he hoped that the regional party will consider the future of the alliance and be together as one.
Along informed that the decision to field a BJP candidate for the RS election is a prepoll commitment of the NDPP-BJP alliance.
With the party making the move to field a woman candidate for the state’s lone RS seat, Along hoped to see more women leadership in state politics.
He lauded the BJP national party and the state government under the leadership of CM Rio for always advocating for women’s empowerment. He informed that Konyak, among nine eligible candidates from the state, happened to be the only female nominee and was selected to contest.
NDPP secretary general Abu Metha took to Twitter saying, “Accompanied Mrs. @phangnon for filing of her nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seat from Nagaland along with Hon’ble @CmoNagaland Shri. @Neiphiu_Rio, @AlongImna @princepaiwang and other senior leaders of @NDPPofficial & @BJP4India. Wish her all success.”
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