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Salam Chingkheinganba

Chingkheinganba has been a journalist for more than 4+ years and is popular among the team for his reporting style. He and his parents reside in Singjamei Chingamakha Kshetri Leikai . He holds a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from Manipur University.

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CPI lodges complaint for re-poll in 30 polling Stations

IT News

Imphal April 19,

CPI candidate in the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency, Dr. M. Nara today lodged compliant to ECI through the Returning Officer for conducting fresh re-poll in around 30 polling stations of the Inner Manipur PC.

The CPI candidate has been alleging booth capturing and malpractices being carried out during voting at various places mainly in the constituencies belonging to the ministers of the present government.

Speaking to media persons at Irawat Bhavan today, Nara said they have found that massive malpractices were done in the four assembly constituencies namely Andro, Heingang, Thongju, Keirao and also added that they have found evidence regarding it.

He said that he had lodged complaint to the Returning Officer to re-poll 13 polling stations of Andro, 7 polling stations at Heingang, 1 polling station at Thongju and 3 polling stations at Keirao.

Nara alleged that at polling station No. 7/39 in Andro assembly constituency, two persons voted for the whole voters, he said that documents regarding it have been submitted to the authority. He added that such practice is a criminal act.

He said that all the reports of malpractices and manipulations were confirmed seeing the details of form 17-A.

He further added that in Heingang assembly constituency, which belongs to the Chief Minister, Voter turnout is recorded 91.3 percent which is unbelievable where voters turnout is quite low for the Lok Sabha election for the whole of India.

Nara said that the complaint he lodged is not about for getting the lost vote but also to draw the attention of the ECI on how the beauty of democracy is being maligned. He further said that the government who rule doesn’t practiced democracy and demanded justice for protection of the sanctity of democracy.

He asked, “What harm is for the ruling party if voting was done democratically voting their own choices”.

He said that the attitude of doing wrong things by the people who claim to do welfare for the public should be stopped.

He finally urged for re-poll in the said polling stations.

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No question of CM jumping queue while casting vote – PS to CM clarifies

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Imphal, April 19,

PS to the Chief Minister of Manipur Salam Ranjan Singh today clarified that the news item carried as various news channels  including a local daily newspaper under the heading “Manipur Governor Najima Heptulla and Chief Minister N.Biren Singh jumped the queue to vote in the election to the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat” as baseless stating that the news item is bereft of truth and is made with malafide intentions. It has been made to damage the image and reputation of Chief Minister, by a journalist without himself being present on site to cover the event being reported.
The Item was webcasted on 18.04.2019 on the websites of News 18  (www.news 18.com), Business standard (www.business-standard.com) , NDTV (www.ndtv.com) , Business Television India (www.btvi.in), India Today (www.indiatoday.in), and The Quint (www.thequint.com), and also at People’s Chronicle, a local daily newspaper of Manipur, in its publication on 19.04.2019, a clarification note by PS to the CM S. Ranjan said.
The statement further said that the news item was circulated by IANS.

“On preliminary enquiry, it has been confirmed that the report was prepared by a journalist, Iboyaima Laithangbam . The said journalist was not physically present by himself at the polling station concerned at the time of casting of vote by Chief Minister”, S. Ranjan stated.
The extract of the news item is as follows:
“Manipur Governor Najima Heptulla and Chief Minister N.Biren Singh jumped the queue to vote in the election to the Inner Manipur Lok Sabha seat on Thursday .
Voters, some of who had lined up even before the polling stations opened at 7 am, were not amused.
Some pointed out that many other politicians had stood patient in queues along with the general people.”
The statement by PS to CM said that N.Biren reached the polling station no.2/16- Srivan High School located at Luwangsangbam Mamang Leikai at around 9:am. The said polling station is also notified as a model polling station. At the said instant, there was a small crowd consisting of media persons, security personnel and five women relatives of Chief Minister, at the entrance of the polling station . There was no queue visible at the entrance. There was no jumping of queue as alleged by the journalist therefore. Chief Minister respects all electors of the state and respects equality of all voters, the statement added.

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2 polling official injured; EVM, VVPAT destroyed in an IE polling station

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Imphal, April 18,

Voting in the 6/10 – Kiyamgei High Madrasa polling station located at Kiyamgei Muslim Makha Leikai, in Imphal east district of Manipur has been sabotaged after voters turn violent over alleged misconduct of the Presiding officer of the polling station. Large number of voters ransacked the polling booth alleging foul play by the presiding officers. EVM, VVPAT and the CCTV camera installed in the polling station were destroyed.

In the uproar Presiding Officer L. Lovely Singh and Micro Observer P. Gunachandra sustained injury after they were assaulted and hit by stones pelted by the protestors.

Security personnel deployed in the polling station fire several round of gunshot and resorted lathi charge to put the situation under control. The incident happened at around 11 30 am. Tear gas were also fired to disperse the crowd. At least four civilians were reported injured in the police action.

According to report, the crisis erupted after some of the political workers started rigging the booth by allowing proxy voters. However, the Polling official said that the incident happened after they tried to stop proxy voters.

Workers of a political party also reportedly mishandled reporters who were covering the events.

Returning officer of Imphal East district rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. Later the RO signaled re-poll on the said polling station.

At polling station 6/6 - Kiyamgei Mamang Leikai there were report of some incidents. One agent of the BJP while talking to media persons said that tension erupted among the voters after the Congress Candidate of the Inner Manipur O. Nabakishore stayed at the polling station for over 15 minutes. The Agent alleged that Nabakishore presence had disturbed the free and fair polling at the station. Another source said that the BJP workers had forced the local journalist from covering the events.

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Non locals spoil the sanctity of Khwairamband Ima Market

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Imphal, April 18,

Around two to three non locals who were taking shelter as watchmen inside Ima Market were caught cooking meat near Keithel Ima Lairembi temple inside the Ima Keithel by some locals of Sagolband area yesterday evening.

Some locals of Sagolband while enjoying evening walk around the Khwairamband Keithel went to look after they sense smell of cooking meat from the site where Ima Lairembi temple stands inside the Ima Market. They were surprise to see those non local cooking meat without respecting the indigenous goddess of the women’s market. When asked whether they were permitted to cook meat inside the Ima market, the non locals said they didn’t ask about it.  

It may be mentioned that vendor ladies of the Khwairamband Keithel had conducted drive against the presence of male in the market complex to safeguard the sanctity of the Ima Keithel. Lately there were reports of non local male selling goods among the women vendors and authority concerned turn blind to the matter most of the time.

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