Political parties such as– Indian National Congress(INC), National People’s Party (NPP), Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) announced the names of candidates on Saturday, for the ensuing Nagaland Assembly elections, which is scheduled to be held on February 27, 2023. (See Table)
Cong: Announcing the names of 21 candidates including one woman at Congress Bhavan here Saturday, NPCC president K Therie, revealed that he is going to contest from 1 Dimapur I A/C after shifting from his original constituency at 16 Pfutsero A/C. Therie said that the Congress has been preparing to fight in the general election in order to bring change in the state. “We cannot continue with a stagnant government and therefore we have been working hard,” he said.
Therie said that Congress party had been stoutly trying to defend and protect the people and their faith. He expressed happiness that this time more than 20 candidates have decided to fight under the banner of the Congress in order to defend and protect Nagaland from being further tortured, divided and intimidated.
Therie also maintained that people in the villages still love Congress party because it stood for the constitution of India whereas the BJP was trying to derail constitution of India through their own way of amendments and trying to induct Hindu nationalism.
NPP: National People’s Party (NPP) on Saturday distributed tickets to 12 candidates in its first phase of ticket distribution programme.
Announcing the names at a press conference held at NPP office here, NPP state president Dr Andrew Ahoto informed that the party has good number of candidates willing to contest the election from NPP ticket and that names of more candidates would be announced soon. He also said that the party was giving tickets to those who could serve the society.
Ahoto said NPP will fight the election without any pre-poll alliance and expressed hope that the party would be a part of the formation of the government in the state given the fact that NPP was also a part of NEDA.
Meanwhile, NPP state in-charge and Manipur MLA, Ramsehwar Singh, in his brief address, stated that NPP was here to serve the people of Nagaland. He said that the party’s main purpose was to bring new Nagaland where basic amenities and facilities reached the doorstep of the common man. He also assured that NPP would be part of the formation of the next government.
LJP (RV): Lok Janshakti Party (RV) announced the names of 19 candidates here Saturday, at hotel Saramati, Dimapur.
The party also announced that the final list will be announced at the earliest. The party has appointed Kitoho S Rotokha as president state parliamentary board, Nagaland.
JD(U): Janata Dal (United) announced the names of five candidates during press conference held at Hotel Saramati Dimapur Saturday.
Addressing the press conference, Rajya Sabha MP Aneel Pradas Hegde said that at present the JDU party has five intending candidates, but it was yet to be confirm and finalize. Hegde claimed that there were many intending candidates approaching the party and for which JDU Nagaland state unit president NSN Lotha has been authorized to finalize the list.
Lotha said that the party was prepared to face the election, adding the party would be part of the next government for the interest of the Naga people. On the issue of tickets, Lotha stated that the process and screening was still on and yet to be finalized.
BJP will try to finish alliance partner: RJD
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday said that though NDPP and BJP were alliance partner in Nagaland, the saffron party would try to finish the alliance partner.
RJD vowed that it would never form an alliance with BJP, which it described as a religious fanatic party.
Addressing press conference at Hotel Saramati here on Saturday, RJD national general secretary Bhola Prasad Yadav and Bihar cabinet minister Kumar Sarvjeet claimed that the new entrant—Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)—was B-team of the BJP. They said that LJP was contesting elections in those constituencies where NDPP has put up its candidates.
Stating that BJP always tries to decimate the alliance partners or the opposition, Bhola Yadav has urged the opposition leaders to unite and fight against BJP in Nagaland.
RJD national leader said party was trying to identify some seats where party could put up candidates for the ensuing assembly polls.
Asked about the number of seats JRJD was planning to contest, Sarvjeet said the party plans to put candidates in 11 constituencies. He said that the party would support those MLAs were denied party tickets. Bihar minister also assured to provide tickets to those whoever likes RJD and wants to join the party.
He said that RJD has clean policy and has been successful in implementing its policies in Bihar. He said the party’s focus was on youth, employment, health and other sectors.
He said when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, he promised to give jobs to the youths, but the BJP-led government failed to give jobs to the youth.
The party also assured that if the party wins in Nagaland, it would provide jobs to one lakh youth and implement 33% reservation for women in jobs.
RJD announced that it has given ticket to Er Senkathung Jami from 39 Sani Assembly Constituency and would announce other candidates in a day or two.