Meet Hekani Jakhalu, The First Woman To Be Elected As MLA In Nagaland
On Thursday, when Nagaland Assembly election results were declared, Hekani Jakhalu created history by becoming the first woman to be elected.
Hekani Jakhalu, a candidate of the ruling NDPP, won from the Dimapur-III Assembly constituency.
First woman MLA in Nagaland
Hekani Jakhalu defeated Azheto Zhimomi of Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) by a margin of 1,536 votes.
Jakhalu secured 14,395 votes, Zhimomi got 12,705 votes, while Indian National Congress (INC) candidate Vetetso Lasuh got just 357.
This is for the first time since Nagaland became a state in 1963 a woman has been elected to the assembly.
Who is Hekani Jakhalu?
Jakhalu, a Political Science graduate from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi, also holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Delhi.
After briefly working in the US, Jakhalu returned to India and started practising law in Delhi.
Later she moved back to her home state, where she founded an NGO which aims to create more business opportunities for the youth of Nagaland.
In recognition of her work, Hekani Jakhalu received the Nari Shakti Puraskar award in 2018, the highest civilian award given only to women.
Another NDPP woman candidate also won
While Jakhalu may be the first woman candidate to be announced the winner on Thursday, she won’t be alone when she makes her debut in the Nagaland Assembly.
Another woman candidate of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, Salhoutuonuo Kruse, has also been declared the winner.
Salhoutuonuo Kruse won the Western Angami 8 constituency by a margin of just seven votes. She defeated Keneizhakho Nakhro, who contested as an Independent candidate.
NDPP retains power in Nagaland Assembly election
On Thursday, NDPP and its ally BJP retained power in Nagaland for a second successive term by winning 37 seats together in the 60-member state Assembly, for which elections were held on February 27.
The Congress, which governed the state till 2003, had contested 23 seats but drew a blank once again. The party had no legislator in the outgoing Assembly.
The NDPP won 25 seats, eight more than its 2018 tally, while the BJP secured 12 seats, the same as last elections.
NDPP leader and Nagaland’s longest-serving Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, is now set to assume the CM’s chair for a fifth straight term.
Rio defeated Congress’ Seyievelie Sachu, a greenhorn in the political arena, in Northern Angami II by a record margin of 15,824 votes.
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