Mnp CM in Delhi to discuss by-poll

Mnp CM in Delhi to discuss by-poll
N Biren Singh
Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 21 | Publish Date: 9/21/2020 12:08:19 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh along with state unit BJP chief S Tikendra are in New Delhi to meet Central leaders of the party and discuss matters relating to the upcoming by-elections.

Highly reliable sources said the chief minister and state BJP president went to the national capital to ensure that party tickets are given to the resigned Congress MLAs who joined the party.

MLA RK Imo, who has been expelled from the Congress for six years for his anti-party activities, also accompanied the chief minister.

The two saffron leaders of the state may also bring up the matter of reshuffle in the council of ministers. 

A source close to the party said that apart from removing two of the four ministers of NPP in the coalition government, the chief minister has been proposing Central leaders to replace some of the party’s ministers to induct new faces.

The chief minister is likely to meet Amit Shah to discuss his proposal of offering a party ticket to the ex-MLAs and reshuffling his council of ministers.

Regarding the dropping of two NPP ministers, the chief minister may take advantage of NPP’s recent announcement regarding fielding of party candidates in the upcoming by-elections, the source hinted.

During his recent visit in the state, NPP national president who is also chief minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma announced that the party was actively discussing fielding party candidates in the by-elections.

Naga People’s Front (NPF) also announced that the party will send out candidates in the by-elections.

Both NPP and NPF, who are part of the BJP led coalition government, however, has asserted that there were no formal talks with the BJP regarding seat sharing or fielding common candidates.

The State Assembly had notified 13 out of 60 seats vacant after four MLAs were disqualified and nine (three BJP and six Congress) resigned.  Election Commission of India (ECI) had recently declared five seats “clear vacant” due for by-elections.

Sources said that election related cases were pending for the remaining eight seats.

Political parties and intending candidates have already kick-started their campaigns for the by-elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around a week ago, chief minister N Biren Singh had launched the party’s election campaign in Wangjing-Tentha Assembly Constituency in Thoubal district where Paonam Brojen, one of the resigned Congress MLAs is hoping to contest the by-election on BJP tickets.

The NPP had also launched its campaign during the recent visit of its national president Conrad K Sangma in Imphal.

NPF has also announced fielding party candidates in one of the Assembly Constituencies in Tamenglong district which is lying vacant after Congress MLA resigned. 

The ECI had already hinted that the by-elections to 56 Assembly Constituencies across the country including five in Manipur will be held around the same time with Bihar Assembly elections which would be held before the last week of November 2020.


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