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Manipur polls: Security tightened at BJP office as disappointment over candidates list leads to protests

The party has given tickets to people cutting across sections of society including women doctors, IAS officers and sportspersons. Former footballers N Biren Singh, Letpao Haokip and Somatai Shaiza have been fielded. Martial Arts player Yumnam Khemchand Singh has been given a ticket.

India TV News Desk Edited by: India TV News Desk Imphal Updated on: January 30, 2022 21:27 IST
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In the list announced by BJP for the upcoming polls in the north-eastern state, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has been fielded from his traditional Heingang constituency.

 

Highlights

  • Security at BJP party office in Manipur was tightened after protests erupted over candidate list.
  • BJP workers ransacked local offices and shouted slogans against ruling party’s list of candidates.
  • The BJP has set itself target of winning two-thirds majority with at least 40 seats out of 60 seats.

The security at BJP party office in Manipur was tightened after protests erupted in state capital Imphal after the saffron party named its candidates for the upcoming assembly elections. BJP workers ransacked local offices and shouted slogans against the ruling party’s list of assembly poll candidates which featured defectors from the Congress ignoring many loyalists.

Several BJP leaders including those who were aspirants for party tickets but were left out to accommodate recent defectors also resigned from the primary membership of the party.

 

Angry workers at Sagolband, Kakching, Moirang, Keisamthong assembly constituencies burnt party flags, pamphlets, ransacked local offices, and shouted slogans to show their dissent.

At Thanga, workers burnt effigies of the chief minister and the state BJP president, after former Trinamool Cong MLA T Robindro who had won in 2017 elections but later joined the saffron party was selected to contest the polls.

Former minister Nimaichand Luwang and first-time aspirant Thangjam Arunkumar who had sought BJP tickets for Wangkhem and Wangkhei assembly segments respectively tendered their resignation from the primary membership of the party. Thangjam later joined the JD(U).

BJP activists claimed all members of Khangabok Mandal tendered mass resignation citing "recent award of BJP ticket to a party newbie," neglecting a leader who had “sacrificed for BJP for almost two decades.”

At Sagolband, protesters berated the BJP leadership for giving a ticket to former Congress MLA RK Imo who had joined the party in November last year, claiming their candidate and his workers who had been supporting the BJP for 10 years were overlooked.

Meanwhile, SSB personnel in full riot gear and state security forces are maintaining vigil at the BJP head office, Thambal Sanglen, at the centre of Imphal town.

The Bhartiya Janata Party which managed to form a government in 2017 despite having just 21 seats compared to Congress’s 28 by joining hands with two local parties – NPP and NPF – says it is looking to win two-thirds of the seats in the elections to be held in two phases on February 27 and March 3.

It will be contesting all 60 seats as Naga People’s Front (NPF) has fallen out with it, while it has decided not to enter into any pre-poll alliance with the National People’s Party (NPP) with which it also has an alliance in Meghalaya. 

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