BJP to field 130 candidates in ADC poll

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IMPHAL, May 5: Owing to the sheer number of aspiring candidates applying for BJP tickets, the party is unable to satisfy them all, State president Th Chaoba told a group of media persons today.

Altogether 340 aspiring candidates had applied for party tickets, he said.

The party`™s State Election Committee had screened all the aspirants and selected 130 candidates including five women for the 144 seats, he continued.

The huge increase in the number of aspiring candidates fighting for BJP tickets testifies that the Modi wave has also reached Manipur, he said.

In an obvious reaction to allegations of favouritism and bribery in the selection process of party candidates raised by Chandel unit president of the party, Chaoba said there were no favouritism and corruption during the selection process.

Any allegation of nepotism or corruption is baseless, he said.

The BJP Manipur Pradesh president also said that all supporters and members of the party should work together with the main objective of capturing maximum seats.

However, disciplinary actions will be taken up immediately if anyone is found involved in corruption or favouritism in any manner, Chaoba added.

The State government should conduct the election in a free and fair manner, he said adding that the upcoming election will determine whether the law and order situation in the State has really improved.

He further appealed to the other parties against showing money and muscle power in the election.

The BJP will lead all other parties if the election is conducted in a free and fair manner, he continued.

Chaoba continued that Manipur Pradesh Congress COmmiitee Gaikhangam is trying to draw sympathy votes from the public taking advantage of the reported restriction imposed on Congress candidates by some unlawful outfit.

This is shameful for the Congress, he continued.

The law and order situation in hill districts is quite unfortunate he said adding that policemen in the hill district hold sticks instead of guns.

He further continued that the Public Distribution System is a failure in the hill districts and all funds meant for the people are usurped by the MLAs and ministers from the Hill districts.

In the meantime, the rift within the BJP further widens, in the run up to the ADC poll.

Following the resignation of the party`™s Chandel district president and others, a key member of the BJP Tamenglong has tendered its resignation from primary and active memberships of BJP.

The executive member has been identified as R.K Athuan, organisation secretary of BJP Tamenglong district.

In his resignation letter, R.K Athuan said the he is no longer in the position to be in the party any longer under the leadership of Th Chaoba, president BJP, Manipur Pradesh.

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