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Congress wins majority in Manipur civic polls
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 30:
Published on 31 May. 2011 1:09 AM IST
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Congress is all set to form the municipal council in Imphal as the party secured majority on Monday.
Congress won in 14 wards including one elected uncontested out of 27 wards. NCP won two while CPI, BJP, AITC (Trinamool Congress) secured one each. Eight wards went to independent candidates. The counting of votes, which began Sunday morning at two places at the district headquarters of Imphal East and West, concluded around 4.30 pm Monday. Except some disturbances at the counting place in Imphal West DC office complex, no other major untoward incident occurred during the counting process. 98 candidates were in fray in the elections for electing 27 councilors. The election of 54 ward development members was also conducted together. Congress fielded its candidates in all the 27 wards, BJP in 10 wards, CPI in four wards, Trinamool Congress in six wards, NCP in 10 wards and JD (U) in one ward. A total of 36 independent candidates were also in fray.
Though the Congress registered victory in the poll, most of the Congress candidates in the election were new faces and the seating Congress councilors suffered humiliating defeat. Even the chairwoman, Ranisana Devi lost the election to an independent candidate Ph Praneshwori Devi.
Party-wise performance showed poor performance of the BJP and MPP but improvement for the CPI, the ruling partner of the Congress in SPF government and All India Trinamool Congress, even though they won one each seat.
CPI party fielded its candidates in the Assembly election in this seven constituency and winning candidate of Trinamool Congress registered another achievement for the party after it opened its account in the state for the first time in Manipur assembly by-election in late part of last year.
The BJP which once ruled the IMC with the support of independent candidate could win only one seat. For the party, the performance can be said very poor compared to its earlier performance.

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