Chapter 14

BJP to launch campaign for Assembly polls from September

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 7: BJP will start full swing campaign for the upcoming Assembly election from September in the bid to install a BJP government in Manipur, said Th Chaoba, the convener of state BJP election committee.

Speaking at a press meet held at the state BJP office, Chaoba said that the party national chief Amit Shah has agreed to visit the state in the first week of September. He will be accompanied by various Union ministers on the trip.

The main agenda behind the visit by the group of central leaders on the eve of launching the poll campaign is to create an opportunity for bringing in a people friendly BJP government by ending the prolonged Congress regime in the state, Chaoba said.

He mentioned that the core committee meeting of the state BJP was held at the national capital where many issues relevant to the present political climate of Manipur were discussed and subsequently a resolution on taking up all necessary actions in the interest of the people was also adopted. Chaoba made the announcement that people from all political parties are welcomed to join the BJP but laid a condition that they should not have had prior bad reputation in their careers. The verdict of the people will be final in deciding whether political leaders with questionable past should be given entry to the party or not, he said.

The matter of allocation of party tickets for the Assembly election did not figured at the core committee meeting as the focus was on thorough strengthening of the party at the grass root level, Chaoba claimed. The state leaders placed a report to the Central leaders containing the observation that 70 percent people of the state, including both hills and valley areas, now wanted a political change and regard the BJP as trustworthy, he informed. The former Union minister clarified that the topic of imposing an age limit on party candidatures did not featured at the meeting. Any comment passed on this matter is the personal view of the individual concerned, he said.

He asserted that the Central leaders have not decided yet on the chief ministerial candidate of the party for the Assembly election and neither did it came up at the core committee meeting. Chaoba talked elaborately on the state BJP’s plan to launch a mass agitation during the upcoming session of the Assembly on the irregularities encountered during the implementation of NFSA in the state. The BJP will not spare any individual who misuses or manipulates public properties whether it is NFSA or MGNREGA, Chaoba added.

He assured the people that when BJP government comes to power in the state, the benefits of all central government schemes will reach the deserving beneficiaries without fail. Corruption or malpractice will not be allowed to rear its faces in a BJP government, pledged Chaoba.

BJP grass root campaign

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 7: State BJP has commenced its booth level strengthening campaign at Kumbi Mandal with the hosting of a meeting at Saiton Heiyaikon under polling 29/5 in Kumbi Assembly constituency today.

 At the meeting Kh Nabakumar, the president of BJP Manipur Pradesh Kishan Morcha, expressed resentment over the incumbent Kumbi MLA’s failure to initiate any developmental works in the constituency during his tenure.

He criticised that the MLA is staying at his official quarter at Babupura with his family and some other key workers in happiness despite the Kumbi villagers are facing several problems connected to drinking water, road connectivity, education and health care etc.

 In the meeting vice president of Kishan Morcha N Itomba Meetei, general secretary of BJP S Nimaichand, state secretaries S Surchandra and M Ingobi and local elders A Mani, A Thambou and A Sanamatum were also present.

Govt to encourage use of handloom products in all the institutes

Imphal Free Press

IMPHAL, August 7:  Commerce and Industries Minister, Govindas Konthoujam, today divulged that the state cabinet will soon deliberate on issues and ways to encourage the use of handloom products in all Government institutions operating in the state including educational institutes.

The Minister stated this during the inauguration of the Panthoibi Arcade, at Wangkhei opposite Eatern Ground, as a part of the 2nd National Hanloom Day.

Further as part of the observance the Minister also inaugurated a Designers’ Exhibition besides inaugurating Skill upgradation on silk and cotton fabrics and also distributed yarn on credit basis to male weavers.

Last BJP segment wise political awareness held

Imphal Free Press

TAMENGONG, Aug, 7: In its last leg political awareness drive which has been going on since the month of April this year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reached out to the people of Tharon ADC Segment of Tamenglong Block to promote the interests of the party. The political awareness organised by BJP Tamenglong Mandal under the leadership of Ph. Phungan, President BJP Tamenglong Mandal was held her at Sonram Namthan village for Tharon ADC Segment with an objective toward creating political awareness in Tamenglong Block.

The last awareness program was attended by G. Apoukhui, Chairman, Finance Committee, ADC/Tml and Santhuiyang Pamei, EM ADC/Tml as the guest of honor and chief guest respectively. Extending warm greetings to all, Shri Chidungai Remmei, President of local committee, Tharon ADC Segment welcomed all the participants to the programs and humbly urged the people to vote the BJP to power in the upcoming General Assembly Election of the State.

Speaking as chief guest, Shri Santhuiyang Pamei, Executive Member, ADC Tamenglong said that the ultimate decision to change the future of the district lies in the hand of voters. He urged the people to judiciously choose their representative. In his speech as guest of honour, Shri G. Apoukhui, Chairman of Finance Committee, ADC/Tml, who was elected from Rengpang ADC Segment of Nungba Assembly Constituency, drawing attention to the poor condition of basic amenities in the district said that people of Nungba Assembly Constitution are frustrated with the Congress rule.

He further stated that people are aware of the changing political scenario in the entire country and the progress of development under the regime of Modi or BJP, and therefore, it is naturally expected that the people will vote the BJP to power as the people of the constituency has realized the futility of the Congress rule and yearned for a positive changes.

The resource person of the program, Shri Saul Kamei, General Secretary of BJP Tml Mandal, expounded on the some of the basic guiding principles of BJP to people and dismissed the popular doubts that BJP is anti-Christian and anti-minorities. He also strongly lambasted the Congress rule in the State for the pitiful condition of development works in Tamenglong district.

Shri Pouhotlung Panmei, Executive Member, ADC/Tml, repeatedly elected from Tharon ADC Segment for two consecutive terms, spoke from his experiences with other political parties as well, he personally stated that “the BJP is, so far, showing dependability through its good governances” and expressed that voters of the segment are pinning their hope on the Party. He stated that the Congress government in the State is not willing to initiate or bring about development in the hills and the welfare of the people are willfully neglected under the present government of the State and that the changes could be brought about only if BJP is voted to power in the State.

Phungaan Phaomei, President, BJP Tml Mandal while delivering the presidential speech, stated that Tamenglong district is one of the most backward districts in the entire country, and therefore, it is imperative that people should change their political outlooks and vote the party to power so that substantive development could be seen in the district. He also urged the people to adapt with the changing political scenario in the entire country so as to reap benefits for the district.

Amit Shah sets date with state in Sept

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 07 2016 : BJP president Amit Shah would visit the State in the first week of September in order to chalk out a strategy so that there is a BJP Government in Manipur after the forthcoming State Assembly election. This was stated by BJP Manipur Pradesh election management committee convenor Th Chaoba during a press meet at their Nityaipat Chuthek office here today.

Policies and programmes initiated by the party with regard to the Manipur State Assembly election were discussed in detail during a core committee meeting of the party which was chaired by Amit Shah at Delhi on August 2. Informing that he also took part in the core committee meeting, Chaoba said that the prevailing political situation of Manipur was deliberated at length during the meeting.

The meeting discussed about initiating due measures so as to defeat the ruling Congress party and set up a BJP Government in Manipur. To chalk out strategies towards this end, BJP president Amit Shah would visit Imphal in the first week of September. Many other Central leaders of the party would also visit the State one after another ahead of the president’s visit, Chaoba said.

All the people who want to join BJP are most welcome but tainted people would not be allowed. However, allotment of party tickets for the State Assembly election was never discussed during the core committee meeting. The issue of implementing NFSA was also discussed during the meeting.

A mass agitation would be launched against the forfeiture of huge quantities of rice and the issue of NFSA would be taken up as an election agenda, Chaoba continued.

ZP Members set to approach Court

The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 07 2016 : Imphal East Zilla Parishad Members have decided to approach the Court against the alleged failure of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to implement the Manipur Panchayati Raj Act effectively. Notably, 19 ZP Members of Imphal East district moved a no confidence motion against Adhyaksha P Bimola on July 20. Altogether 11 ZP Members who are opposing Adhyaksha P Bimola held a press meet today.

One member K Tomba said that the Adhyaksha should convene a meeting of all Members and demonstrate she still enjoys support of the majority of Members within seven days after a no confidence motion has been raised as per the Section 57(4) of the Manipur Panchayati Raj Act 1994. As no meeting was convened after seven days had lapsed, a representation was submitted to the Imphal East DC on July 27 to convene a meeting. Subsequently, the DC directed the Imphal East CEO to convene a special meeting within five days. But no meeting has been convened till date, Tomba said.

Even as a complaint was submitted to the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Principal Secretary against the CEO’s failure to convene a meeting, no response has been received so far. Again, representation was submitted to the Chief Secretary on August 5 but to no avail. Subsequently, it has been decided to approach the Court regarding the matter, Tomba said.

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