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Kohima: A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that Phangnon Konyak, the president of the state unit’s Mahila Morcha, would be the party’s candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said that she is the “right person” for the lone seat from the state.

Interacting with journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing state Assembly session, Rio informed that Konyak was selected as the candidate from among a list of more than 10 applicants.

“We feel that she is the right person, being a woman in the first place. Just the other day, we agreed to women’s reservation in the ULBs And now we are selecting a woman for the Rajya Sabha. This means that our people are also having a lot of respect and updating themselves,” Rio said.

The chief minister also clarified that Konyak’s candidature to the lone Rajya Sabha seat has “nothing” to do with the Oting incident where innocent civilians were gunned down by security forces.

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Meanwhile, when asked if any special arrangements were made to nominate a BJP candidate for the seat, Rio commented saying that it is a matter of “inner politics” and as an alliance, there is respect for the alliance.

The state’s opposition-less government under the umbrella of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) was formed last year on the pretext of the Naga political issue.


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