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Mnp CM warns against banning of poll campaigns

Mnp CM warns against banning of poll campaigns
N Biren Singh
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 27 | Publish Date: 10/27/2020 1:45:10 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday warned against the alleged ban on BJP election campaign in some areas even as campaigns for the November 7 by-polls is picking up in Manipur.

Accusing BJP candidate, workers and supporters of defying locally framed COVID-19 guidelines, some localities in Samurou area of Wangoi AC in Imphal West have imposed a blanket ban on any election related activities of the candidate in their respective localities

Without mentioning a particular locality or village, chief minister N Biren Singh said that people should not indulge in such acts of banning a party candidate from entering their locality.

The chief minister was addressing an election rally related to the flag hoisting ceremony of party candidate O Lukhoi who became state agriculture minister after he resigned from the state Assembly as Congress MLA and joined the BJP.

He said that an MLA is not for a particular locality or village, he should be the representative of an Assembly constituency.

“I heard that some localities and villages are imposing bans on the election campaign of a particular candidate. It is not the right thing to do. It should not be done.”

“In democracy, let us be free to elect candidates of one’s choice. Don’t vote for the candidate you don’t prefer. If you impose the ban, it is called dictatorship and the government will not remain a silent spectator. We will use force against them,” Singh warned.

BJP national secretary Dilip Saikia, party’s ministers, MPs and MLAs took part in the rally in which  the chief minister highlighted the achievements of his government to woo the voters.

In Wangoi AC of Imphal West constituency, a triangular fight among the ruling BJP, its partner NPP and opposition Congress will be witnessed.

Of them, candidates of BJP and Congress were turncoats as the candidate, O Lukhoi, fielding by ruling party is a former Congressman who left the party after resigning from the state Assembly.

While the Congress is sending out former vice president of state BJP unit Salam Joy and NPP, the ruling partner of BJP in the coalition government is fielding a new face in the same constituency.

In today’s rally, the chief minister claimed that acknowledging the sacrifice made by the Congress MLA Lukhoi, he was inducted as cabinet minister.

In Manipur, by-polls will be held in four Assembly constituencies spread over three districts on November 7. The by-poll in one segment will not be held as a BJP candidate in Singhat (ST reserved) AC was declared elected unopposed after the lone independent candidate had withdrawn his nomination paper.

Even as only three BJP candidates are in the fray in the four Assembly constituencies, the party is also campaigning for an independent candidate in Lilong AC of Thoubal district.

The ruling BJP is trying its best to woo voters not only for the party candidates but also for an independent candidate backed by the party as campaigns for the November 7 by-polls picking up in Manipur.

After one of its candidates was declared elected uncontested, three candidates of the ruling party are in the fray in the four Assembly constituencies spread over three districts of the state.

The party is openly supporting Md Abdul Nasir whose resignation as Congress MLA from the state Assembly led to the by-poll in Lilong AC of Thoubal district.

Of the 13 vacant seats lying vacant in the state Assembly, the ECI announced holding by-polls in five Assembly segments. 

A total of 11 candidates are in the fray for the by-polls in the four assembly segments. The candidates in the fray are four Congress, three BJP, one NPP and three independents.

Even as triangular fights in three Assembly constituencies - Wangjing-Tentha AC and Lilong AC in Thoubal district and Wangoi AC in Imphal West district, it will be a stretch fight between candidates of BJP and Congress in Saitu (ST reserved) AC in Kangpokpi district.

 

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