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By-Poll Campaigns Reach A Crescendo

IMPHAL, Feb 6: Election campaigns for the upcoming by-election of Konthoujam Assembly Constituency has been gaining momentum as only eight days are left for the voters to elect their representative.

Along with hoisting of flags of the contesting candidates, public meetings were held at different locations of the Assembly segment today.

Attending the flag hoisting ceremony of Trinamool Congress nominee K Sarat this morning, BJP Manipur Pradesh vice president Prof Tiken cautioned the Konthoujam AC electorates that the Congress party is certain to pour in huge amount of money accumulated by the Congress-ruled Government to entice the voters.

It may be noted that the BJP and Manipur People’s Party (MPP) are extending support to K Sarat in the by-poll.

Stating that in the nine years of rule by the Congress party, the Government has collected huge amount of money through misappropriation of development funds provided by the Centre, Prof Tiken asserted that the Congress organization putting forth all its resources and pouring money in the by-election will be a reality.

Questioning the people as to whether any Minister had visited the Assembly Constituency during the two-term governance by the Congress, he said intention of group of Ministers thronging to the constituency these days is to rain money to acquire votes.

Conveying that the money supposed to be distributed to buy votes actually belongs to the public, he called upon the people to accept money given by the Congress workers but not vote in favor of the Congress nominee.

Prof Tiken also reminded that rape and killing of Thangjam Manorama Devi and hardships faced by the people due to imposition of economic blockade on the National Highways are some of the incidents that occurred during the Congress rule while the infamous Khwairamband Keithel firing took place when (late) Budhichandra, elected from Konthoujam, was the Speaker.

Further recounting that the Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh lied to the public on the Khwairamband Keithel incident, at the floor of the Assembly, he asserted that all these incidents motivated like-minded political organizations to support K Sarat in the by-election. MPP general secretary, Kh Ibomcha, who also spoke at the occasion, described the Congress party as a sinking ship and urged the Konthoujam public to keep a safe distance from the Congress as reviving the political organization, would only add to miseries of the people.

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A flag hoisting ceremony of independent candidate Khangembam Ranjit who is being backed by JD (U) and CPI (M) was held at the candidate’s Khumbong Awang Mamang Leikai residence today.

The flag hoisting ceremony was marked by presentation of ceremonial gifts (Athenpot) by women belonging to different localities of Konthoujam A/C.

Speaking at an election meeting at Khumbong Awang Sabal ground, Kh Ranjit said that Konthoujam Constituency has been going in reverse gear as far as development is concerned due to emergence of politicians who prosper at the cost of the common people.

The Congress MLA elected from the constituency sold off PDS items meant for the people at market.

The MLA also embezzled MLA Local Development Fund meant for development programs of the constituency because of which the people are suffering a lot, he alleged.

Saying that he decided to contest the by-election in the interest of the public with an aim to bring some positive and new changes in the constituency, he clarified that his decision was not driven by any hunger for power or personal riches.

He also appealed to a particular UG group which had imposed restrictions with regard to his candidature to withdraw the same restrictions.

Saying that his decision to contest the by-election was not a sudden or an impulsive decision, Ranjit claimed that he has been working for the general election since the past one year.

With the Government refusing to give him voluntary retirement, Ranjit resigned from service with a strong determination to bring about some positive changes.

Ranjit further exuded that he would certainly win the by-election

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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