KOHIMA: Kasba and Chinchwad assembly by-elections are currently the talk of the state politics. There is a direct match between BJP and Congress in Kasab. In Chinchwad, there is a three-way fight due to insurgency. Kasba has been a stronghold of the BJP for 28 years. But this year Ravindra Dhangekar of Congress has raised a tough challenge there. Due to this, BJP’s intimidation has increased. On the other hand, voting for assembly elections has been held in 3 states of the country. Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya are counting tomorrow.
Nagaland has a total of 60 assembly seats. Out of 59 seats, voting was held on Monday. There was no voting in Akuluto Assembly Constituency. This seat has gone to BJP. Incumbent MLA Kazeto Kinimi has got another term. He has become MLA for the second time. Interestingly, his election has been unopposed. Only one candidate was in the fray against him. Khekashe Sumi of Congress had filled the nomination form. But on Friday, he withdrew the application. That left only Kinimi in the electoral arena and he was elected unopposed.
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According to election officials, Friday was the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers. Congress candidate Sumi suddenly withdrew his application. So the 68-year-old was victorious. After this, his supporters cheered. Kazeto Kinimi was first elected in 2018 from Akuluto Assembly Constituency. Now he got a chance to represent this constituency again. He has thanked supporters, well-wishers, BJP officials for that.
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BJP has opened an account in Nagaland due to the unopposed election of Kazeto Kinimi. Interestingly, BJP won one seat even before the polls. State Deputy Chief Minister and BJP Legislature Party Group Leader Yanthungo Peyton has congratulated Kinimi. BJP contested this election with Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party. NDPP contested 40 seats, while BJP contested 20 seats. In 2018 also, both the parties had distributed seats in a similar manner.