Imphal, March 12,
A day after the Election Commission of India announced the poll date for the upcoming 17th Lok Sabha Election political parties across the country have gear up election campaign to win the election by their respective party.
In Manipur too campaigned has been intensified using every possible means by all political parties particularly the two major rival group Congress and the BJP even though they are yet to announce their candidate. As for the Left parties, Dr. M. Nara of CPI is now a consensus candidate and campaign is being underway in a harder way. Some independent candidate including Film actor RK Somorendra (Kaiku) had already launched his election campaign days before the announcement of the poll date.
Source with the Imphal Times said that candidate for the congress party may be announced after the visit of the AICC president Rahul Gandhi on March 20. Dr. Meinya who is the sitting MP, Former Chief Secretary O Nabakishore, Veteran Politician Okram Joy Singh , former MLA Dr. Ng Bijoy Singh were among the applicants for contesting as congress candidates.
As for the BJP, all eyes are now set on Th. Bashanta for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency as RK Ranjan who had contested as BJP candidate in last parliamentary election in the inner Manipur and also H. Borababu have now been given post as members of the Manipur Public Service Commission recently. Besides, Bashanta is the son of former Union Minister Th. Chaoba who had played a major role in building and strengthening of the BJP of today in Manipur. His influence is likely to be considered by the Central leadership. However, source also added that as for the BJP the central leadership might nominate any persons from among any party workers which have strong connection with the RSS.
Meanwhile, with the election code of conduct came into force, all hoardings and poster showing achievement of government have been taken out and the ECO have taken up strict vigilance to conduct the poll free and fair.
The election will be conducted into 7 phase Lok Sabha Election of the Inner Manipur Parliamentary election will be held on April 18, while the poll the outer will be held on April 11.