According to a report in The Hindu, “within hours of the publication of the Congress list containing the names of 40 candidates in Manipur, some Congress workers of politicians denied tickets began vandalising the party’s election booths.”
Congress workers tore down party flags and banners in the Hiyanglam Assembly constituency in the Imphal West district. They tore the banners and stomped on the shredded party flags, according to reports. Flags and banners to welcome the national leaders of the Congress, who are visiting to discuss election-related issues, were torn as well. Some protesters claimed that politicians with the best chance of winning were overlooked. According to police, steps have been taken to reduce violence in other parts of the state.
The spreading violence in Manipur, which goes to the polls on February 27 and March 3, has eluded state Congress leaders.
All ranking members of the Congress office in Kumbi Assembly constituency in Bishnupur district resigned last week. They claimed that N. Loken, the president of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, did not consider the suggestions of party workers in the constituency when it came to candidate selection.
Despite State BJP President A. Sharda’s appeal that politicians who were denied party tickets not agitate, there were signs that a storm was brewing. The list of candidates has been sent to Delhi for approval by national leaders, and the names could be announced in two days.
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