NPF supremo Liezietsu wins Nagaland by-poll

3 Aug 2017

Naga People's Front (NPF) supremo and former chief minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu today won the Assembly by-election from the Northern Angami-I constituency.
Liezietsu, whose Democratic Alliance of Nagaland-led government was dismissed on July 19 after failing to prove his majority in the assembly, defeated his rival Independent candidate Kekhrielhoulie Yhome by 3,470 votes. The 80-year-old regionalist leader secured 8,038 votes and Yhome garnered 4,568 votes in the election held on July 29, Chief Electoral Officer Abhijit Sinha told IANS. "I am thankful to the voters who continued to support me," Liezietsu, who is now elected to Nagaland Assembly, told newspersons.
The by-election was necessitated following the resignation of sitting NPF legislator Khriehu Liezietsu on May 24 enabling his father Shurhozelie Liezietsu to contest and enter the Assembly. On February 22, Shurhozelie was forced to come out of retirement from electoral politics to take over as chief minister after T R Zeliang resigned following violent protest by tribal groups who were opposed to his move to hold civic polls with 33 per cent reservation for women.