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MP demand committee bandh partially effective

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Kakching May 24: The 24-hour bandh imposed by Thoubal District MP Candidature Demand Committee today affected normal lives in the districts of Thoubal and Kakching.
The strike was called to highlight the demand for election of a representative from the eight Assembly constituencies in the outer Parliamentary seat who have not candidature rights for the lone Rajya Sabha MP from the state, the bye-election for which is being conducted tomorrow.
The seat became vacant after the death of the previous MP Haji Abdul Salam who hails from Wabagai AC, one of the eight ACs undone by the country’s reservation policy for Lok Sabha Parliamentary constituencies. The seven other ACs in this group are Heirok, Wangjing Tentha, Khangabok, Kakching, Hiyanglam, Sugnu and Jiribam.
The committee is claiming that since Salam did not complete his term it is only fair that another representative from the 8 ACs should be allowed to complete the remaining period as a consolation settlement for the deprivation of candidature rights.  
According to reports, the bandh supporters blocked roads by starting fires and piling tree trunks and branches in the middle at Wabagai Lamkhai, Wabagai Waikhom Leikai, Lai Pangalba, Hiyanglam Wabagai Terapishak Kachathol area, Natekkhong and Sekmaijin Thongkhong among other from early morning onwards. Most shops in Kakching remained closed and business at the main commercial centre was minimum. Vehicles remained off the road except for some private ones. However, the effect of the bandh was markedly reduced in Thoubal district even as police took up extra precautionary measures to prevent occurrence of unwanted incidents.
As a part of the protest, a public demonstration was staged at Hiyanglam Wabagai Terapishak Kachathol.

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