In a first,Konyak woman to enter fray in upcoming Nagaland elections 2018

In a first,Konyak woman to enter fray in upcoming Nagaland elections 2018

Dimapur Feb 2,2018: With uncertainty clouds hovering the fate of elections in Nagaland state Assembly, a young woman from Aboi is set to make history if at all elections are held.

If polls to the Nagaland State Assembly are conducted, Awan N Konyak will become the first Konyak woman to contest elections.

She plans to succeed her father, former Minister, Nyeiwang Konyak, representing the 47 Aboi Assembly Constituencies. Awan declared her candidacy in a programme today at their residence in Aboi Town.

Awan Nyeiwang Konyak completed her Master of Philosophy from Delhi University, is a citizen of Ngangching village, and lives in Aboi Town. Her father, Nyeiwang Konyak, had also won the MLA seat from the same constituency several times.

Awan, however added a disclaimer to her announcement. She stated that the progamme was held since a date for it had already been set.

She clarified that with respect to the ongoing talks for an early solution to the Indo-Naga issue, she would adhere to the decision made by the Naga public.

During the programme, Awan said her dream was to complete the incomplete task of his father’s dream for the constituency with progressive development and to elevate the status of women in Naga society.  “The best is yet to come,” she added.

According to an attendee of the event, if election is held, her historic candidature will be a ‘very’ positive development for the constituency.

The programme was chaired by Pong-E and the gathering was exhorted by W Chingwang Konyak, who stressed that women the world over are taking up challenges and changes are taking place rapidly.

A welcome note was delivered by Ango, Chairman of Ngangching Village followed by short speeches from different villagers, the Vice Chairman/President of 47 A/C Aboi.

The 47 Aboi A/C is represented currently by Eshak Konyak who won the seat after a four-way contest in 2013. Eshak, representing the Indian National Congress, beat his nearest rival, Awan’s father and former Education Minister, Nyeiwang representing the Naga People’s Front.

Source: The Morung Express

Featured image (courtesy): The Morung Express



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