Kohima, Aug. 12: The Congress today announced that it would contest the Noksen Assembly byelection scheduled for September 4.
General secretary (administration), Medokul Sophie, said the party would field a candidate but the name has not been finalised yet.
Party sources said former Congress MLA H. Chuba Chang has been asked to contest but he too has yet to take a decision.
He said the party would soon convene a meeting to discuss the matter.
The ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF)-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) will field Lok Sabha MP C.M. Chang who is also the minister for school education as its consensus candidate.
Apart from the NPF, the other constituents of the alliance are the BJP and JD (U).
The Noksen seat in Tuensang district fell vacant after C.M. Chang, contested and won it in February though he was still MP. He was supposed to resign as MP within six months but did not as the entire state would have had to go to poll since there is only one Lok Sabha seat.
Instead, he quit as MLA, necessitating the byelection.
Chang, however, continued to remain education minister and now he has been nominated again for the vacant Noksen Assembly constituency.
By the time — six months — it is time for him to give up his Lok Sabha seat, parliamentary elections would anyway be held or will be close enough.
The Election Commission is unlikely to hold an election for one seat only in Nagaland for only a couple of months.
The NPF today held a ticket distribution programme for Chang at its central office here which party president Shurhozelie Liezietsu and chief minister Neiphiu Rio attended.
Addressing party workers, both leaders were optimistic of winning the seat.