Nagaland MPs file nominations on the last day

Nagaland polls : The IndianĀ  Express

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang is among the 253 candidates who filed their poll papers today which was delayed.

Apart from Zeliang of the ruling Naga People’s Front, prominent among those who filed their nominations today include former chief minister KL Chishi of the BJP.The last date for withdrawal is February 12.

The ruling NPF is contesting on 59 seats, followed by the newly-floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), led by three-time chief minister Neiphiu Rio on 40 seats.The BJP hasĀ  candidates on 20 seats, the Congress on 19, the National Peoples Party (NPP) on 28, the JD(U) on 15, the Nationalist Congress Party on 6, the Aam Aadmi Party on 3, and the Lok Jan Party on 2.There are 17 independent candidates in the election.

Political parties in the north-eastern state had stayed away from the nomination process as the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations (CCNTHCO) had, through a joint declaration on January 29, urged them to refrain from participating in the elections.
The CCNTHCO had sought the support of political parties to its call for a solution to the Nagaland’s demand for a separate state.