KOHIMA: The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) is likely to contest in over 20 constituencies in the upcoming Nagaland assembly elections.

The JD-U will likely contest in 20 to 22 seats in Nagaland assembly elections 2023, with an eye on gaining “national party” status.

Polling to the 60-member Nagaland legislative assembly will be held in one phase on February 27.

The counting of votes will be held on March 2.

The JD-U had contested in 13 seats in the 2018 Nagaland assembly elections.

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The party managed to secure 4.6 percent of the vote share and won only one seat in the Nagaland legislative assembly.

However, in 2019, the lone JD-U MLA and Nagaland minister G Kaito Aye quit the party and joined the ruling NDPP.

Notably, in the assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019 and 2022 Manipur polls, the JD-U had won a respectable number of seats.

If the JD-U manages to secure 8 percent vote share in the upcoming Nagaland assembly elections, the party will manage to gain national party status.

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