DIMAPUR, May 23 - Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) nominee Tokheho Yepthomi, the consensus candidate of the ruling People�s Democratic Alliance, won the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland by defeating his nearest rival from the Congress, KL Chishi, by a margin of 16,344 votes, Nagaland CEO Abhijit Sinha said.
Yepthomi polled 5,00,510 votes, while Chishi got 4,84,166 votes. Even though the Congress drew a blank in the last Assembly election in 2018, the party put up a spirited fight in the general election with the support of the Opposition Naga People�s Front.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and support of the NPF helped the Congress candidate in giving a tough fight to the ruling NDPP candidate.
The four-cornered contest on April 11 also featured Hayithung Tungoe of the National People�s Party (NPP) and MM Thromwa Konyak, an Independent candidate. Tungoe garnered 14,997 votes, while Konyak bagged 4,620 votes.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha election, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had won the seat on an NPF ticket. Meanwhile, in the by-poll to the Aonglenden Assembly constituency, Sharingain Longkumer of the NDPP emerged the winner by defeating Alem Jongshi Longkumer of the Congress by 6,245 votes.
Sharingain polled 8,607 votes, while Alem Jongshi got 2,362 votes. The voting percentage obtained by the NDPP candidate was 78.3, while it was 21.5 for the Congress candidate.
The by-election was necessitated following the death of sitting NDPP MLA Imtikumzuk on September 22, 2018.
�Congratulations to Sharingain Longkumer, consensus candidate of People�s Democratic Alliance (PDA) from the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party @NDPPofficial on winning the 26 Aonglenden A/C byelection. Thank you voters of Aonglenden for reposing your faith on the PDA Govt.� Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted after the by-poll results were declared.