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Former Nagaland CM Rio elected unopposed to assembly

IANS  |  Kohima/Shillong 

Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party's Ministerial candidate was declared uncontested to the 60-member assembly after his lone rival of the ruling (NPF) candidate withdrew his on Monday.

For Rio, who is currently Nagaland's lone member, it is the second time that he has won the assembly elections uncontested. The first time he won uncontested was a candidate in 1998, when the separatist (NSCN-IM) and Naga Hoho had called for a poll boycott after it signed a ceasefire with the in 1997.

"The candidate withdrew his today (Monday) and the only other candidate of the NDPP (Rio) was declared winner," said Nagaland's Electoral Officer

spokesperson said the party was surprised by their candidate's decision, while there was jubilation in the NDPP-BJP, which has forged a pre-poll alliance and now has one seat in their kitty ahead of the February 27 elections.

"They (NPF) are imposing candidates with money to contest the elections and playing with money, but some of them realized that we need a strong leader to provide a stable government," Rio told IANS from Kohima.

"I must say that people are fed up with the ruling party and you may expect more surprises in the days to come," the three-time former Minister added.

Rio also voiced confidence that NDPP-BJP will get an absolute majority the assembly elections

Last month, Rio quit the NPF, which he formed after leaving the in early 2002 and joined the NDPP.

Meanwhile, a total of 195 candidates are in the fray after 32 candidates withdrew their papers on Monday.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 23:10 IST