Alemjongshi Longkumer is the party’s choice for the assembly by-election to Aonglenden constituency left vacant by sitting MLA Imtikumzuk’s demise last year
Kohima: For the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) on Friday nominated senior politician and former chief minister KL Chishi. Alemjongshi Longkumer, former bureaucrat, was named for the assembly by-election to the Aonglenden constituency to be held simultaneously with Lok Sabha polls on April 11.
KL Chishi, former chief minister of Nagaland, who had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the 2018 state assembly elections, rejoined Congress on March 14 this year. Chishi had lost the February 2018 assembly election for Atoizu assembly constituency.
Chishi will be contesting against the sitting Lok Sabha MP, Tokheho Yepthomi, who was the consensus candidate of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA). Both Tokheho and Chishi were part of the Congress when SC Jamir was the chief minister.
Meanwhile, Alemjongshi Longkumer will be contesting against PDA's consensus candidate Shiraingan Longkumer of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and independent candidate O Tinujungshi Longkumer, brother of Imtikumzuk, the deceased MLA from Aonglenden constituency.
Opposition party Naga People's Front (NPF) has so far not nominated any candidate to both the state by-election and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.