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Naga party adds to its misery

india Updated: Mar 09, 2008 01:33 IST
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Results of the Assembly election in Nagaland added to the Congress’s misery in the Northeast, which has generally been a happy hunting ground for the party.

Of the 57 seats declared on Saturday — the remaining three will be declared on Sunday — the Congress managed to win 22. This is one more than the number bagged by the party in the 2003 elections, but the performance paled in comparison to that of the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), which won 25, six more than in 2003.

“President’s Rule was a blessing in disguise for us,” said NPF president and former chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The Congress had voted his NDA-backed Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government out two months before completion of its term. The subsequent imposition of
President’s rule proved counter-productive for the Congress.

Among the other parties, DAN ally BJP performed below par to bag two seats, as did the NCP, which is more inclined towards the regional NPF than the Congress — like in Meghalaya. Independents won six seats.

Congress leaders admitted they were missing the experience of former chief minister SC Jamir, who is the Governor of Goa. The NPF, on the other hand, was jubilant. “The people saw through the Congress’s greed for power by any means, which including ousting the DAN government controversially,” said Rio, adding that the NPF would be meeting soon with non-Congress parties to form the government.

Manipur blast
The heavily guarded Manipur state assembly secretariat was bombed on Saturday morning. No one was hurt during the blast.

The first ever bomb attack in the history of Manipur assembly took place when some suspected militants hurled a local-made bomb towards the main building of the Assembly around 11.45 am. The bomb instead of hitting the secretariat building,exploded at the verandah.