LS elections in Mnp not election but selection: Ibobi

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/27/2019 11:50:34 AM IST

Former Manipur chief minister, O Ibobi Singh on Monday alleged that in Manipur, the recently concluded Lok Sabha election was not election but “selection”.

Talking to reporters on the sideline of observance of 55th death anniversary of the India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at Imphal Congress Bhavan, the Congress leader alleged that in the hill districts of the state, it was not the election but selection.

“At the same time, the elections in both the Lok Sabha constituencies were not free and fair”, he said. He alleged that the ruling parties in the fray had used their maximum available muscle and money powers and intimidated voters. They had utilised even cadres of armed outfits closely associated with them not only to intimidate but in booth riggings.

He maintained that the high percentage casting of votes itself showed that the elections were not conducted in free and fair manner. 

The former three time chief minister observed that there was no reason for casting above 80% votes in a polling station; however, casting above 90% was recorded in some polling stations.

If the elections were happened to conduct in a free and fair manner, Congress candidate would have surely won the elections, he claimed. 

He denied the 80% voter turnout and said that recording above 80% or above in a polling station showed malpractices during voting.

Meanwhile, the state Congress leader said that whatever the result it may be, Congress respect the mandate and will take the role of being opposition. “We have no disappointment for the poll debacle”, he added. He remarked that congress will continue to raise people’s issues coming from time to time in the floor of the Parliament as well as in the state Assembly.

The observance of the 55th death anniversary at Imphal Congress Bhavan was marked by offering of floral tributes to the portrait of the first Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru by the leaders and workers of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC)



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