Assembly elections have been taking place in Nagaland since 1963, but not a single woman has ever been elected to the 60-member House.
Police sources claimed that around 5.45 pm, some unidentified men were about to enter a shop where Chalukumba was present. The candidate's bodyguard got suspicious, stopped the men and started frisking them.
A new breed of changemakers is gunning for transformation in Nagaland where the sorry state of affairs in almost all aspects of public life continues to overshadow the achievements of the young Nagas.
The much-hyped Clean Election Campaign in Nagaland has all but disintegrated as the election fever grips the state.
Men and women together in the 60-member House will make a lot of difference, Rekha Rose Dukru, an entrepreneur-turned-politician, said.
Zeliang’s comments come at a time when the BJP has chosen to ally with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) whose face is now Neiphiu Rio, former CM in the NPF government.
On January 18, 2017, the NIA conducted searches in various government departments in Nagaland and seized receipts that showed payments to the tune of Rs 2 crore.
God must be weeping when Naga politicians run after those seeking to destroy Christianity: Baptist Council
The Election Commission declared the ‘result’ after the only other candidate, Chupfuo Angami from the Naga People’s Front (NPF), withdrew his nomination.
Nagaland election 2018: Rio, a three-time former chief minister, is contesting under the banner of his newly formed NDPP. His rival, Chupfuo Angami of the Naga People's Front (NPF), dropped out of the race for the Northern Angami-II AC assembly seat.
Congress is contesting in 19 seats in the February 27 election for the 60-member Assembly. Twenty of its candidates had filed nomination but one of them withdrew candidature.
In October 2016, representatives of the state government admitted that there are over 70,000 educated, unemployed youth listed in the ‘Life Register’ — as the employment register of the state Department of Labour and Employment is called.
Government sources also said that while the NSCN (IM) and armed groups issued a call to boycott elections, the Centre expects the NSCN (IM) not to disrupt the election on February 27 using violence.
Asking people to make the right choice, another poster said, "Today's right action will decide our bright future".
The Nagaland Baptist Churches Council in an open letter, stated that India had experienced the worst persecution of minority communities in 2015-2017 under the RSS-backed BJP government.
Highlighting the NPF's election manifesto, the minister said: "Reforms in governance would be the party government's priority so that good and efficient governance can be provided to the people."
Even the official notice outlining the election schedule, stuck on the board at the main entrance to the building, tells a story of uncertainty. “If the elections are held, polling day will be February 27th, between 7 am and 4 pm,” it says.
The BJP has already tied up with the newly-formed Nagaland Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and has fielded candidates in 20 seats.
Most of these candidates belong to the newly floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) headed by three-time former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.
The filing of nominations for the Nagaland polls had started on January 31, but all the political parties had decided to boycott the elections following a call by the Core Committee of Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations
Nagaland Assembly elections 2018: Theja Therieh accepted that the committee was not on the same page with the masses who were more concerned about the content of the solution than demanding for solution before election.
With elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly dogged by uncertainty, the filing of nomination papers holds significance as 11 political parties in the state had signed a joint declaration on January 29 to not contest the elections.
No papers for state polls filed till Monday after 11 political parties said they won’t participate
“We fully support the prudent decision of the Naga people for solution of the Naga issue and hence, not to go for election...," said NSCN(IM) in a statement.
The much-anticipated announcement came after the seat-sharing talks with NPF, which has been in alliance with BJP in Nagaland’s DAN government for the last 15 years, fell apart