With the Election Commission of India (ECI) announcing the polling schedule for the Nagaland assembly elections on Wednesday, a total of 1,189,264 voters cast their franchise in 2,315 polling stations across 60 assembly constituencies in the state on February 27. Will see using.
Although the state assembly is currently the lower house of the opposition, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) led by Chief Minister Nephew Reo and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have already continued their pre-poll seat allocation. announced (40 seats for NDPP and 20 for BJP) arrangement from 2018.
The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has been left to fend for itself. “Preparations are going on. We are looking for good results in the coming elections,” said the party’s secretary-general Achambimu Kikun, not ruling out a post-poll coalition.
In 2018, the NDPP won 18 seats while its pre-poll ally the BJP won 12 seats. The NPF won 26 seats, the National People’s Party two, and the Janata Dal (United) one. One seat was won by an independent candidate.
In 2021, 21 out of 26 NPF members joined the NDPP.
But the long-running peace talks could cast a shadow over the election campaign.
Seven tribes of six eastern districts under the umbrella of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organization (ENPO) are demanding a separate frontier Nagaland state and have threatened to take any action if the central government fails to meet their demand. Will refrain from participating in the election process. Discussions between the Union Home Ministry and the committee set up by ENPO are ongoing.
State Congress unit president K Theri said the party would contest all 60 seats but did not rule out a post-poll alliance with the NPF and other “like-minded and secular” parties.
The National People’s Party (NPP), which won two seats in its debut in 2018, is also looking to put up a strong fight. State unit president Andrew Ahuto said the party wants to contest 10-15 seats.
Nagaland is yet to elect a woman representative to its 60-seat assembly.
Naga peace talks and infrastructural problems such as roads, education and quality of public health care are among the issues that are likely to play a key role in the upcoming elections.