From left: Nagaland minister Metsubo Jamir, NPF Toshipokba Longkumer and chief minister Neiphiu Rio

Kohima: In order to show his support to the ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) in Nagaland, Naga People’s Front (NPF) candidate Toshipokba Longkumer withdrew his candidature for the Aonglenden assembly by-election on the last day of withdrawal of nominations on Thursday.

In a press release dated March 28, Longkumer extended his “fullest support” to Sharingain Longkumer, the PDA consensus candidate from the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), stating that the CM Neiphiu Rio-led government has brought “stability to the state of Nagaland”.

Press released by Toshipokba Longkumer announcing his withdrawal of candidature for the Aonglenden assembly constituency

The development comes after National People’s Party (NPP) candidate O Tinujungshi Longkumer, too, withdrew his candidature for the by-election to Aonglenden assembly constituency on April 11.

Earlier on Wednesday, NPP’s Mokokchung president, Bendang Jamir, had filed a complaint with the officer-in-charge of Mokokchung police station, seeking an FIR alleging that Tinujungshi was “missing” and feared “abduction”. However, the police later claimed that he was “safe”.

Press released by O Tinujungshi Longkumer announcing his withdrawal of candidature for the Aonglenden assembly constituency 

In the meantime, in a press statement dated March 26, Tinujungshi, the brother of deceased MLA Imtikumzuk Longkumer, whose untimely demise required the bye-election to Aonglenden, offered support to PDA, although, the legal process of withdrawal was completed on March 28.

While four candidates had filed nominations for the by-election, with the withdrawal of two contestants, only two remain in the race.

PDA consensus candidate Sharingain Longkumer and Congress’ Alem Jongshi will now be contesting for the by-polls for Aonglenden assembly constituency.

Meanwhile, for the lone Lok Sabha seat in the state, the four candidates in fray are KL Chishi (Congress), Tokheho Yepthomi (NDPP), Hayithung Tungoe (NPP) and Dr MM Thromwa Konyak (Independent). Konyak had earlier filed nomination with the Indian Christian Secular Party (ICSP). However, on failing to produce the original document of party authorisation (Form A&B) during the scrutiny, he was declared as an independent candidate.

With this, the NPF, the opposition party and the single largest in the state, has no candidate to both the Parliamentary seat and the Aonglenden constituency.

Voting for both the Lok Sabha seat and the assembly by-election will take place simultaneously on April 11.

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