Both their victories end the state’s 60-year-old wait for its first woman MLA. This year, four women were in the electoral fray in the state.
In fact, Nagaland has only had one woman Lok Sabha member, namely Rano M Shaiza, who was elected back in 1977. In 2022, S Phangnon Konyak was elected as the BJP Rajya Sabha member from Nagaland and became the first woman to get a seat in the Upper House.
The other women candidates who were in the fray this year were Rosy Thomson of the Congress in Tening and Kahuli Sema of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Atoizu.
Kahuli Sema, 57, made her entry into politics in 2022 after taking voluntary retirement as the Engineer-in-Chief of the Public Works Department. Thomson, a 58-year-old social worker, has been a Congress party worker since the 1980s.