New Delhi, Feb 13: There was not a single woman representative in Nagaland Legislative Assembly since the state came into existence in 1963, but for the upcoming elections, a total of five women candidates have filed their nomination papers. The National People’s Party has fielded two women candidates Wedie-U Kronu and Dr K Mangyangpula, an alternative medicine practitioner.

Another women candidates in the fray are Awan Konyak and Rakhila. The duo are contesting on Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and BJP’s ticket respectively. While Rekha Rose is contesting as an independent.

On being asked why the state has not elected a woman to its assembly since 1963,  NDPP’s Awan Konyak blamed the women and said that she won’t blame the men, it is the women who never came forward for political roles in Nagaland.

Speaking to Times of India, Awan said that she got to inherit her father’s political legacy because she has been brought up as one of the boys. “It was naturally assumed that Konyaks won’t nominate a woman. But I am here today because of peoples’ overwhelming support,” she added.

The voting for the legislative assembly election to elect members of the 60 constituencies in Nagaland will be held on February 27 and the counting of votes has been scheduled for March 3.