Aizawl, Feb. 28: Congress candidate Ngurdingliana swept through with 7,005 votes, defeating his nearest rival Lalvenhima Hmar of the MNF by 2,834 votes for the Chalfilh Assembly seat.
Of the 13,703 votes polled, Hmar obtained 4,171 votes.
The Congress was jubilant, taking the verdict as a good omen for the state elections to be held later this year.
Activists campaigning for clean elections had called on the voters to reject Ngurdingliana for allegedly participating in the fake kidnapping of candidates in the 2003 general elections.
Ngurdingliana said the voters have shown that they will not be influenced but will vote for those who can help them build a better future. He thanked the people of the constituency for reposing faith in him.
Ngurdingliana is the son of former Congress minister and former Speaker H. Thansanga.
Of significance was the poor show by the former civil service officer and president of the Mizoram People’s Conference, Lalhmangaiha Sailo. He polled 1,274 votes, dashing the hopes of the MPC, the party founded by his father, Brig. Thenphunga Sailo.
The total number of voters was 17,237, with 8,869 male and 8,368 women voters with 29 polling stations. The total number of candidates was seven.