Calcutta, Feb. 28: The young had their say this Assembly elections in Nagaland, with three candidates in their early thirties, including two alumni of St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, making their mark among the list of winners.
The youngest candidate, Merentoshi R. Jamir of NPF, 32, has emerged victorious from 25-Mongoya Assembly constituency, defeating Ngangshi K. Ao of Congress. Mmhonlumo Kikon, 35, contesting on an NCP ticket, emerged winner in one of the toughest battles this election, winning by a margin of 254 votes against Achumbemo Kikon, Independent candidate, in Bhandari constituency of Wokha district.
“I thank everyone for their support and prayers! God has blessed us with a wonderful opportunity to work for the people!” said Kikon.
The Naga Blog, to which he contributes, reiterated his views. “A massive congratulation to our TNB blogger.”
The other candidate to win was N. Jacob Zhimoni, 33, an Independent from Ghaspani-I constituency, defeating Khekiho Zhimomi of the NPF.
The youths from the state have expressed hope and happiness at this trend. “It was time young people came into politics not just as voters but in the leadership. I am very excited and looking forward to the fresh ideas the young people infuse into Nagaland politics,” said Hekani Jakhalu, director, Youthnet, an organisation for Naga professionals.
The Naga Students Union, Delhi, which all the three candidates were once members of, was in a mood for celebration. “We are very proud of these young candidates. It is important for people to come out and pursue higher education so that they can bring about change back home,” said J. Maivio, vice-president of Naga Students’ Association.
The news has reached Vibi Yokha, a Chennai-based student. “We see hope in the young candidates. Only they can only understand what it feels like to be born in the best of times and the worst of times,” she said.