News snippets from news houses on 12 March 2017


NPF to support any non-Congress coalition

Imphal Free Press
The Naga People’s Front congratulated the rank and file of the party and especially voters of Manipur, for ensuring the victory of four of its candidates, who have been declared elected today in the state assembly election. It reiterated its stand to rid the region of the Congress party and pledges support to any non-Congress coalition government in Manipur.

New entrant surprises Debendra

Imphal Free Press
Independent candidate Ashab Uddin defeated his nearest rival Th Debendra , an INC candidate by 1650 votes in Jiribam Assembly Constituency. The totals votes obtained by the candidates in the constituency are, Thoudam Debendra , INC, 6539 votes, Thounaojam Ranabir , BJP, 3199 votes, Mathiudin Kamei , NPF, 1163 votes, A. Biren , NEIDP, 2812 votes, Habib Ali, NPP, 649 votes, Ashab Uddin, Independent, 8189 votes and 389 votes in NOTA.

Heirok will be an exemplary village: Radhesyam

Imphal Free Press
The election results clearly shows that people are disappointed due to lack of good governance for a long time said former Superintendent of Police Thokchom Radhesyam of BJP, who won the Heirok seat over Congress rival Moirangthem Oken by a margin of 1,647.

Th Radhesyam got a total votes of 13, 389 while his rival INC candidate secured 11, 742 votes. He further said the defeat of powerful INC candidate is a clear indication that the people are disappointed due to bad governance and added that people representatives should be always close to the people. As a representative of the Heirok constituency, he assured that the underdeveloped village of the constituency to be developed into model village.

‘I am quitting electoral politics’

Imphal Free Press
Irom Sharmila will quit electoral politics. She plans to go to an ashram in either Kerala or Bangalore for self reflection. She plans to leave Manipur tomorrow. Talking to reporters at her temporary lodgings located at Keisamthong Hodam Leirak, Sharmila said that voters have lowered their standards. ‘I am shocked, the people do not have faith in me, in change and for the cause of justice. People have let me down,’ she added that she is fed up with politics.

She recounted that during her campaign at Thoubal, she went to the BJP and the Congress camps where she was received warmly. She mentioned that she was asked for money by some people but she did not oblige them. When asked about her future participation in PRJA, she said that the party must remain strong and will have her support. ‘I want PRJA to grow strong. I want it to be a strong regional party, but I will no longer stand for election,’ she said.

Will make K’pi a model district: Nemcha Kipgen

Imphal Free Press
Defeating her nearest rival independent candidate by a margin of 2297 in the recently concluded state assembly election, winning candidate of Kangpokpi AC, MLA Nemcha Kipgen confidently asserted that BJP government will come in the state and changes will definitely follow.

Speaking to media at the DC office complex after receiving her election certificate from the returning officer concerned, Nemcha said Kangpokpi will be a model district and developmental work will be taken up from the grass root level.

We will form Govt with secular parties : Cong

The Sangai Express / PTI
With Manipur seeing a hung Assembly, Manipur PCC President TN Haokip today said his party would form the next Government with the help of ‘like-minded secular and regional parties’.

The 60-member Manipur Assembly is headed for a hung Assembly as none of the political parties managed to reach the magic figure of 31.

‘We are confident that we will form the next Government in Manipur. We are already in talks with like-minded secular and regional parties,’ Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) chief Haokip told PTI.

What victorious candidates say

The Sangai Express
BJP candidate Kongkham Robindro who has been elected from Mayang Imphal AC after defeating his nearest rival Congress candidate said that he had already predicted his victory with a margin of over 2000 votes. He said that he would start repairing dilapidated roads of Mayang Imphal AC within the next four/ five months apart from taking up necessary measures to ensure regular supply of potable water to all the people.

Noting that Mayang Imphal is backward in different aspects, Robindro said that he would see what he can do for speedy development of the Assembly segment in consultation with the people. Ex-Minister AK Mirabai who has been reelected from Patsoi AC on a Congress ticket said that her priority would be renovation of the drainage systems of Patsoi as the raining season would set in shortly. The second area of priority is ensuring accessibility to potable water to 60 per cent of the total populace of Patsoi AC.

Mirabai claimed that 40 per cent of the total populace already have access to potable water. Yumnam Khemchand, elected from Singjamei AC on BJP ticket conveyed his gratitude to the party leaders for allotting the party ticket to him. ‘As an MLA I would work to ensure that the titular king of Manipur is given proper place of respect.

I would also try my best to apply Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s model of recruiting third grade employees without viva voce’.

Sorokhaibam Rajen, elected from Lamsang AC on BJP ticket, conveyed gratitude to the people of his constituency for electing him. The election demonstrated that muscle power and money power could not win people’s hearts.

‘As promised in the run up to the election, I would make all efforts to ensure that the people of Lamdeng have access to potable water’, Rajen said.

‘Construction of a road from Koirengei to Sekmai is the second priority. I would also work to construct Lamsang-Khurkhul road and Patsoi Lamkhai-Sangaithel road’, he added.

Dr Sapam, elected on BJP ticket from Konthoujam after defeating the sitting Congress MLA listed improvement of education sector, transport infrastructure and socio-eco-nomic development of farmers as his priority areas. He also pledged to protect the integrity of Manipur at all costs.

Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar, elected from Keishamthong AC on NPP ticket, remarked that the just concluded election was a war for justice for Keishamthong AC and the people ensured that justice prevails. He said that he did not expect to win the election with such a huge margin.

Soibam Subashchandra, elected from Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC on BJP ticket said that he would take proactive roles in order to bring some substantial changes in Manipur including Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC. He further confided that he was expecting a BJP Government in the State.

State stares at coalition Govt, NPP, NPF to play key role

The Sangai Express
With not a single political party getting enough seats in the 11th State Legislative Assembly election to form the next Government, a coalition Government in the State is the answer. The election witnessed a close fight between Congress and its arch rival BJP. The two parties had claimed that they would form the next Government. As Congress won 28 seats out of the total 60, the party may stake claim to form the next Government. However, the party needs to go for alliance with other political parties.

On the other hand, BJP which emerged as the second single largest party by winning 21 seats in the election has to go with those political parties which are in alliance with NDA Government at the Centre to form the next Government in the State. Notably, Naga People’s Front (NPF) and National People’s Party (NPP) which won 4 seats each and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) which got one seat are in alliance with NDA Government at the Centre. This implies that Congress would not be able to form the next Government even if the party goes with All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) which got 1 seat and an Independent.

INC candidate alleges

The Sangai Express
INC candidate in 41 -Chandel (ST) Chungjalen Haokip has alleged that his defeat in the poll was meticulously arranged and declared that he will seek justice before the Court of law. Speaking to media persons, Chungjalen Haokip alleged that his name was missing from the format specimen signatures of candidates and their election agents, (Annexure 23, Chapter 5, Para 5, 33) issued by the RO of 41 Chandel AC.

He produced a paper as proof which showed the seventh candidate as absent but its authenticity could not be independently verified. Chungjalen Haokip also claimed that an armed group along with workers of a particularly party had around 10 pm set ablaze his house at Thinglhangphai village. Six trunk boxes of his escort party containing their valuable documents including land record, service book, head gears and spare uniform were destroyed along with money in his family’s possession.