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BJP, Congress to contest for lone RS seat from Manipur

IANS  |  Imphal 

Both the ruling and the opposition are likely to have a straight fight on May 25 for the lone Raja Sabha seat from

The Bharatiya Janata Party, with the support of the coalition partners, has fielded Khetrimayum Bhabananda, the state President; while the has fielded Elangbam Dijwamani.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh held a meeting with the leaders of the coalition partners on Sunday night on the forthcoming elections.

He reportedly told them to ensure that the party candidate is elected to the upper house of parliament. Sources told IANS that all of them assured him of support to Bhabananda.

In the March assembly elections, the bagged 28 seats, the Bharatiya Janata Party 21 while the splinter parties shared the remaining eleven seats the 60-member assembly.

The joined hands with some smaller parties and staked claim to form the government with 31 members. Later, six legislators also crossed the floor.

T. Shyamkumar was the first to join the even before the formation of the government. He was one of the ministers sworn in on March 15.

Though an expulsion notice was issued against him, it was later revoked. Expulsion notices and petitions to disqualify the five legislators who crossed the floor are yet to be issued.

Party sources said that it was a tactical move with an eye to the election.

The bypoll was necessitated after the death of sitting member Haji Abdul Salam.

The demand by the people of eight assembly segments to elect one candidate from any of the segments has fallen on deaf ears.

People of the eight assembly constituencies have been launching agitations demanding election of one person from among them. Y. Thambal, an activist, told IANS that this is to compensate the people.

Thambal said: "The segments are included in the reserved seat, which means that they can elect a tribal candidate but they cannot contest the seat. This is a negation of democracy."

To appease the agitating people, the erstwhile government had elected Salam to the since he is from one of the segments.

It was a foregone conclusion that the would field and elect its state unit President as the next member from the state.



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First Published: Mon, May 15 2017. 13:32 IST