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Nagaland heading for hung Assembly

No party is likely to cross the 25-seat mark with the ruling Congress facing a rout in the party stronghold of Kohima and Phek district at the hands of its arch rival Nagaland Peoples Front.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2003 22:33 IST

Nagaland is heading for a hung Assembly as no party is likely to cross the 25-seat mark with the ruling Congress facing a rout in the party stronghold of Kohima and Phek district at the hands of its arch rival Nagaland Peoples Front, which wrested 13 seats among the 33 results declared so far.

Of the results declared so far the Congress got nine while the NPF secured 13, BJP four, JD(U) two, NDM 2, Samata Party one and Independents two.

The BJP secured one seat each in the Congress strongholds of Mon and Tuensang districts.

The NPF made a clean sweep in Phek district securing four out of five seats, while the Samata Party, a new contender in Nagaland, defeated Speaker Z Lohe in the Chizami seat.

Although many senior ministers faced a debacle in the election, the Congress could retain its seats in its bastion of Mokokchung district.

BJP, a partner in the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN), opened its account by winning two seats while senior politician and JD(U) president Husku Sumi wrested the Pughoboto seat from Congress.

Prominent losers included Speaker Z Lohe, RD minister Zachilhu, Agriculture minister P Enyie Konyak, Health and Family Welfare minister Neiba Ndang and Planning minister and Chief Minister S C Jamir's brother Imtisungit Jamir.

Counting is being held for 57 seats. Repolling was held during the day in ten polling booths in Tuesnsang district.