Chapter 4

Congress headstart in IMC polls
Cong wins 8, BJP 5, independents 4; 10 more results awaited
June 6 Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 6: Congress Party appeared to be holding off a spirited challenge from BJP in its bid to retain control of Imphal Municipal Corporation after results of 17 of the 27 wards were announced today.

So far, the Congress have won in eight wards, followed closely by BJP which have wrested five wards, while independents candidates, who are likely to don the role of kingmakers in the likelihood of a hung mandate, won in four wards.

CM did seek appointment with PM and HM: Gaikhangam
Imphal Free Press
IMPHAL, June 6: Deputy Chief Minister Ghaikhangam has denied Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's reported statement to a state BJP delegation that the State government had not sought any appointment with him on the three bills awaiting presidential assent.

The former MPCC chief told reporters here that the Okram Ibobi Singh government had written letters through proper channels for proposed meetings with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Congress falls short of simple majority in IMC polls
Inphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 7: Indian National Congress has emerged as the single largest party winning 12 of the 27 wards of Imphal Municipal Corporation after results for the elections were declared today, but failed to reach the simple majority mark by two seats. Their nearest rival BJP bagged 10 and independents 5.

‘No recent case of misuse of AFSPA in the North East’  The Sangai Express editorial, 8 June 2016

This was what the Indian Army said in defence of the prolonged imposition of the infamous Act in the North East region and of course Kashmir.

A news report filed by the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted Eastern Army Commander Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi as stating “If the army is required to handle insurgency, we require AFSPA. If we don’t have AFSPA, our hands are tied and we cannot do our job. It is an enabling provision and not a draconian provision”.

BJP has achieved target result: Bhabananda
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 8: BJP Manipur president K Bhabananda today asserted the party is happy with the win in 10 wards in the recent Imphal Municipal Corporation election adding that the party achieved its target.

Speaking to this reporter, Bhabananda said the result shows that the people are coming to support BJP. The result is a gift to BJP from the people of Manipur to strengthen the Modi wave in the State, he said.

Rise of the BJP
10 June, Imphal Free Press editorial

Whatever ideological differences we may have with the BJP, there can be no doubt of the fact that the fortunes of the right wing party is changing in the state. It may be too early to predict a win for BJP in the 2017 assembly elections, but it will certainly give the ruling Congress a run for their money and may even become a credible opposition in the state assembly if the winds of change persists. The result of the just concluded Imphal Municipal Corporation elections is an important indicator of the change that is in the air.

BJP disparages Cong victory in IMC polls
The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 09 2016: BJP Manipur Pradesh has asserted that Congress party's victory in 12 seats of the Imphal Municipal Corporation (IMC) was not a genuine reflection of people's mandate.

Speaking to media persons at their Nityaipat Chuthek office, BJP Manipur Pradesh election management committee convenor Th Chaoba remarked that 88112 voters voted against Congress party even though they managed to secure 12 IMC wards. Through muscle power and money power, Congress party has taken three out of five independent Councillors within their fold. As such, Congress party was not mandated to assume power in IMC.

Cong govt gave preference IMC polls over ILPS: MCP
Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, June 10: Charging that the state government was involved in a conspiracy hatched together with the President of India resulting to the rejection of a bill for protection of indigenous people of Manipur, the Maoist Communist Party has asserted that the collusion is a big challenge thrown at the face of the people.

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