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Tight security cover in Nagaland

SC Jamir, former Chief Minister Hokishe Sema (BJP) and K L Chishi of Nagaland Democratic Party are among the prominent candidates.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2003 13:36 IST

Unprecedented security arrangements have been made in Nagaland to ensure smooth conduct of polls. Most constituencies in the state are likely to witness very close contest. Over 10 lakh voters are expected to decide the fate of 225 candidates.

Among the prominent candidates are SC Jamir, former Chief Minister Hokishe Sema (BJP) and K L Chishi of Nagaland Democratic Party and Congress defector and former Home Minister in the Jamir Cabinet Neiphiu Rio and a host of ministers.

The ruling Congress has fielded candidates in all the 60 seats, Nagaland People's Front in 55, BJP in 36, JD (U) in seven and Nationalist Democratic Movement (NDM) in 22 seats.

Jamir is pitted against the combined opposition candidate Chabala Ao, wife of the first Chief Minister of Nagaland P Shilo Ao in the prestigious Aonglenden seat.

Sema is facing a tough fight from his Congress rival Kevi Zakiesatuo in Dimapur-1 constituency.

Except in Atoizu and Pughototo assembly segments in Zunheboto district from where former Chief Minister K L Chishi and JD (U) president are in fray, most of the constituencies across Nagaland are witnessing direct fight either between Congress and NPF or Congress and BJP.

A strict security blanket has been thrown across the hill state and night curfew clamped in Kohima district to ensure peaceful polls.

First Published: Feb 25, 2003 11:04 IST