JD (U) presses ECI for re-poll in violence-hit Chandel AC

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IMPHAL, Jan 29: Janta Dal United, Manipur has demanded the disqualification of the NPF and INC candidates of Chandel assembly constituency charging them of being propped by armed underground groups.

Speaking to media persons today at its party office, senior JD (U) members alleged that instances of booth capturing by external force had taken place at 41/59, 41/14, 41/21 and 41/22.

Lien Gangte, general secretary of JD (U) stated that 41/59 and 41/14 were captured by cadres of UKLF. “None of the inner and outer agents of JD (U) were allowed inside the polling area. We call upon the returning officer for a re-poll of these polling booths”.

He added that the party had earlier registered complaints over election code violation with Chandel SP alleging that Th Haokip, a Congress election agent had threatened a JD (U) worker, Jhangkhulon of K Sabi Village with an unlicensed gun.

Lien further said that the JD (U) condoled the demise of the people in Tampi incident and called for “full pay at one time” for the CRPF personnel and polling staff who were killed.

He added that the NPF candidate Victor Nunghon Anal has to be disqualified since he has been supported by the NSCN-IM due to which the unfortunate incident happened. The NPF should take full responsibility for the deaths at Tampi.

Lien further said that all candidates supported by UGs should be disqualified and debarred.

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