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MPP, BJP, TC Move Closer To Poll Alliance

IMPHAL, Apr 29: Manipur People’s Party (MPP), BJP and Trinamool Congress (TC) have agreed in principle to form a political alliance for the Imphal Municipal Council elections scheduled for May 25.

On the other hand, the ruling Congress party has declared that no other party would be able to stand up against it in the forthcoming local body elections.

After MPP and BJP leaders conferred over the proposed alliance yesterday at the office of the latter, they further discussed the matter with TC leaders. Finally, leaders of the three parties agreed to form an alliance for the IMC elections.

Notably, the Imphal Municipal Council has 27 seats.

Other details like seat sharing, election management, poll strategy etc would be finalized in another meeting which would be held very shortly. Once these details are finalized, the alliance would launch its election campaign.

On the other hand, the ruling Congress party has decided to field their candidates in all the 27 seats in their bid to secure absolute majority.

MPCC president Gaikhangam stated that no party would be able to fight against the Congress party in the forthcoming elections.

Till 3.30 this afternoon which was the last date for submission of application forms, 44 intending candidates submitted their forms to the MPCC.

It is reported that MPCC’s ticket committee would hold a meeting on May 3.

Speaking to media persons at Congress Bhavan today, Gaikhangam said that the Congress would put their candidates in all the 27 seats.

In case the coalition partner CPI decides to field their own candidates, the Congress party would go for friendly contest.

The Congress party has not lost a bit of the faith reposed by the people of Manipur, Gaikhangam claimed.

People have seen that a great change was taking place in Imphal city because of the several projects taken up by the Government, he asserted.

Claiming that people particularly those residing in and around Imphal city have faith in Congress party, the MPCC president exuded that people would elect Congress Councilors with absolute majority.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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