IMPHAL, December 28: The run-up to the upcoming Manipur legislative assembly election scheduled for January 28, 2012 is beginning to hot up with the Communist Party of India, Manipur state council announcing its first phase list of 19 candidates who are to contest in the election and several parties inviting application from intending aspirants to contest the election.
While the Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) are inviting application from intending candidates to contest the election in their names, newly formed Manipur Democratic People’s Front has released its manifesto today.
The first phase list of candidates announced by the CPI excluded sitting MLA of the party from Wabagai assembly constituency U Deven though most of the veteran communist leaders are included in the list namely Ph Parijat, N Mangi etc.
The list also include a women candidate namely M Sakhi who will contest at 18 Konthoujam assembly constituency.
Speaking during a simple function held today at Irawat Bhavan, Dr M Nara, secretary CPI Manipur said the party would not take part in any pre-poll alliance but will join post-poll alliance with like minded political party.
Stating that CPI is expecting a coalition government after the election, Dr Nara said his party will take part in forming a new government.
Dr Nara added that the next government in the state after the election will be a coalition one as no single party is likely to get absolute majority.
Clarifying on non-inclusion of siting Wabagai assembly constituency MLA U Deven in the list, Dr Nara said U Deven had been expelled by the party on October 6, 2011 due to his anti-party activities and misuse of MLA fund.
Second phase list of candidates for the party would be announce before January 3 next year, the CPI leader said and added that the party would not field candidates in all the 60 constituency but only in few select constituencies where CPI could fare well.
Speaking at the function, N Mangi, MLA said CPI has been working for the welfare of the people apart from sticking its policy of keeping intact the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Stating that CPI would emphasis on restoring peace and removing AFSPA from Manipur, the veteran CPI leader said the party is based on human value politics.