Congress candidate withdraws from DMC poll

Says was offered a seat through nomination as incentive

Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 17

The Congress camp courted controversy on June 17 as one of its candidates for the elections to the Dimapur Municipal (DMC) Council pulled out from the election race. The last date of withdrawal of nomination or candidature is June 18.  

The candidate from the reserved DMC Ward 7 was allegedly offered cash and a seat, through nomination, in the DMC post the elections. 

According to the Congress, the candidate, Kanili Kinilimi was enticed into withdrawing her candidature after she was promised a seat, as an unelected nominee, and cash by the BJP MLA from the 1 Dimapur-I seat. Following the development, irate district Congress leaders and supporters gathered outside the candidate’s residence late on Monday evening. 

District Congress Committee President, Kuhuto Chishi, accused the candidate of going incognito after making a deal with the BJP in exchange for cash and an assured seat. Chishi told the media that the party workers rushed for clarification to her residence at Sema Tilla, where she reportedly told them that she was offered a seat through nomination. 

The ruling NDPP-BJP combine was accused of resorting to unfair means, to win over rival candidates, in wards where their candidates’ position was weak, while breaking the trust of voters. 

Meanwhile, Kinilimi cited alleged lack of coordination between her and the party’s chief (poll) agent in Dimapur as the reason for her withdrawal. She held that lack of coordination dented her chances of winning, besides adding that her family was also not keen of her contesting the elections. 

She denied receiving monetary incentive for withdrawing but replied in the affirmative that she was offered a seat through nomination by BJP MLA, H Tovihoto Ayemi. “Tovihoto said that I’ll be nominated but I am not sure if I will get it,” said a visibly shaken Kinilimi, as a crowd of miffed Congress supporters gathered at her residence, while a police team looked on. 

She added that she will file for withdrawal on June 18. The BJP has set up Aghatoli Y Tuccu in Ward 7.  

Reporter’s note: This online version of the print edition has been revised, on June 24, 2024, to eliminate a redundant sentence. The original content remains unchanged.