Kohima: O Tinujunhshi Longkumer, brother of deceased MLA Imtikumzuk, has announced that he will contest the Aonglenden constituency as an independent in the by-election to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls on April 11.
The announcement came following the National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) handing over its ticket to Sharingain Longkumer for Aonglenden.
Addressing the media after a civic reception in Mokokchung, Longkumer declared his candidacy to the constituency by saying: “I am contesting with a strong determination to serve the people.” The seat was officially declared vacant with effect from September 23, 2018 following Imtikumzuk Longkumer’s demise.
Longkumer is the brother of the former advisor of sericulture and excise, who won the general election from the Aonglenden constituency as an NDPP candidate.
As per reports, Longkumer sought the NDPP ticket to the by-election to ‘honour his late brother’ but was denied as Sharingain Longkumer, the consensus candidate of the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA), was handed the party ticket on Thursday. PDA is an alliance of NDPP, BJP, JD(U) and independent candidates.
Supporters from the seven units of Aonglenden constituency had reportedly gathered for the reception on his arrival from Kohima after Longkumer had gone to seek the NDPP ticket to contest the by-election.
Longkumer further said: “I have no regrets for not getting the NDPP ticket nor hold any grudges against the government. I pray that God will provide me a better opportunity to serve the people better because of this matter.” He then expressed his aspirations for contesting the election and appealed the people to exercise the electoral process in a free and fair manner.
Sitting Lok Sabha MP Tokheho Yepthomi is also the consensus candidate of PDA to contest in the Lower House of Parliament. Scheduled on April 11, polling for both the lone Lok Sabha seat and the Aolengden constituency will take place simultaneously.
Overall, there are 12,09,613 electors in the state with 6,13,409 men and 5,96,204 women, while the total service electors stands at 7,306 with 7,236 men and 70 women. For the Lok Sabha, 2,227 polling stations are estimated at 2067 locations.
Meanwhile, the total electors for Aonglenden stands at 12,269 with 6,098 male and 6171 female. There are 46 male service electors with no female voters in this category. Strategised at 15 locations, there will be 16 polling stations for the by-election.