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Parties gear up for assembly by-polls in M’pur
Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 24:
Published on 25 Nov. 2009 12:21 AM IST
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The Janata Dal (Secular) on Tuesday announced its party candidate for the ensuing by-election to the Yaiskul Assembly Constituency scheduled for December 19 even though main oppositions are on hectic efforts to field a common candidate against ruling Congress. Election Commission of India announced the schedule for filling up the casual vacancies for the Manipur Legislative Assembly on December 19 next with one each Assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The seat of the Yaiskul Assembly constituency within the Imphal municipality area has been lying vacant after the death of seating Congress MLA, E Kunjeshwor on September 19 last. The notification for the by-election will be issued today and the last date of filing nominations would be December 2. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on December 3 while the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is December 5. The counting of the votes will be conducted on December 23 and the ECI is targeting to complete all election procedures by December 31. The by-election to the single seat in considered a crucial battle for the political parties in the state as well as at the Centre in the context of the July 23 alleged broad daylight “fake encounter” at crowded Khwairamband Bazar in Imphal city that killed a formed militant and a young pregnant housewife. It may be mentioned that the protest demanding resignation of the chief minister, O Ibobi and booking of the police commandos involved in the alleged fake encounter and appropriate action against the high ranking police officers are still going on since the Tehelka magazine expose with a sequence of photographs in the first week of August this year. Main opposition parties, Manipur People Party (MPP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in the state Assembly are holding meetings and communicating with others parties like the BJP, CPI(M), Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP) etc. to field common candidate to fight with the Congress candidate. “We take the by-election as an acid test for the SPF (ruling Congress-CPI coalition Secular Progressive Front government) in the state. So, we will not take any hasty decision in fielding party candidate,” Dr Nimaichand Luwang, MPP president said. BJP president, H Borbabu observing a similar opinion said that even though the party has been insisting its leader and former Chief Minister, RK Dorendro, they will not take any hasty decisions. The Congress has been silent on the matter but there were observations that Elangbam Sudhir, son of late seating MLA would be fielded as the party nominee. Meanwhile, the Janata Dal (Secular) today announced that it will field O Mahavir as party candidate for the ensuing by-election.

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