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Bishnupur Nagar Panchayat To Opt For Coalition

IMPHAL, Jan 9: With the counting process of the recently held local body elections, completed, successful candidates of the MPP along with elected independent representatives have formed the United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) to stake claim in Bishnupur Municipal Council.

With the participation of six out of nine independent councilors elected to the Bishnupur Municipal Council, a joint meeting presided by MPP councilor from Ward No 11 Sougaijam Tomba was held at Imphal today.

Successful independent candidates who attended the meeting include Ch Radheshyam (WN/4), P Leima (WN/8), Th Nilashakhi (WN/5), W Radhe (WN/6), Kh Sanatomba (WN/1) and P Pringchong Chothe (WN/12).

Apart from minutely discussing the prevailing political situation of the State and arriving at the decision to form UPDF in order to stake claim to head the Bishnupur Municipal Council, the joint meeting unanimously elected Ward No 4 representative Ch Radheshyam as convener of the Front.

It is informed that the leader of the coalition would be chosen after election of the Council’s chairperson on January 10 at GM Hall. The chairperson is to be elected through draw of lots. In the election for Oinam Nagar Panchayat, which is under Bishnupur district, the Congress party failed to open its account as the NCP wrested seven of the seats and independent candidates bagged two.

Moreover, out of the total of nine seats in Kwakta Nagar Panchayat independent candidates won six of them with the Congress winning only three.

The Congress party also fared miserably in the election to Wangjing Lamding Nagar Panchayat, which is in Thoubal district, as independent candidates swept all the nine seats.

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Bitter Pill Of Poll Debacle Sparks Infighting

IMPHAL, Jan 9: A row among workers of a defeated Congress candidate in the recently held Nagar Panchayat elections has resulted in a tense situation at Iram Siphai in Imphal West district.

The Congress workers even pelted stones at each other.

The post poll violence erupted last afternoon and continued till late evening.

Consequent upon the violent incident, a tense situation is still prevailing in Iram Siphai area.

Ward number 9 of Wangoi Nagar Panchayat was wrested by independent candidate Yumlembam Boy alias Sanatomba after defeating his lone rival Maibam Tejmani Meitei of Congress party by a margin of just five votes.

Boy secured 294 votes against 289 votes secured by Tejmani.

Soon after the election results of the ward were announced yesterday afternoon, the disappointed Congress workers were engaged in a heated altercation.

A group of disgruntled Congress workers pulled down a Meira Paibi shed and set it ablaze at Iram Siphai Leirak Ashangbi.

The disgruntled Congress workers turned their wrath on the Meira Paibi shed as their candidate lost the election by just five votes even though there was an understanding that all the electorates of the Leirak would vote for Tejmani.

By evening, the Congress workers started pelting stones amongst themselves causing injuries to some individuals.

As the war of stone pelting intensified by evening, a team of Imphal West District Police moved in to the area and fired some tear gas shells and succeeded in controlling the charged situation.

Even though no untoward incident was reported today, the situation is still tense and volatile and police are on the alert.

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Independents Bag Wangjing Lamding Nagar Panchayat

IMPHAL, Jan 9: Continuing with their winning streak in the recently held Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayats, independent candidates have secured absolute majority in Wangjing-Lamding Nagar Panchayat.

Contrary to the general expectations, independent candidates created a remarkable record winning all the nine wards defeating all their rivals including candidates of the ruling Congress party.

Independent candidates also secured a landslide victory in the polling for election of Ward Development Committee Members winning as many as 18 seats.

The victorious independent candidates who were supported by social worker Paonam Brojen were accorded a warm reception today.

On their part, the elected Councilors and Ward Development Committee Members pledged full support to Paonam Brojen in the next Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, social worker Karam Shyam has felicitated five elected Councilors of Lilong Nagar Panchayat, Imphal West.

In Lilong Nagar Panchayat too, independent candidates fared much better that party sponsored candidates sharing six seats among themselves. Speaking at the reception function, Karam Shyam said that the elected Councilors who are not affiliated to any political party would bring a great change in Lilong Nagar Panchayat.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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