Modi will campaign in state on Jan 29: Chaoba

BJP Likely To Announce Second List By January 27

IMPHAL, 22nd JAN: Even though the first list of candidates who are to contest the upcoming 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly on BJP ticket was published in some local dailies, official announcement of the list will be made in the coming few days. In forming this, BJP Manipur Pradesh election management committee convener Th Chaoba has disclosed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the state on January 29 to join party’s campaign for the upcoming assembly polls.

      Amidst the growing misunderstanding/dissension within party workers on allotment of tickets, Th Chaoba told The People's Chronicle on Sunday that party’s parliamentary board meeting held on January 19 at New Delhi finalised the first list of party’s candidates but official announcement of the same will be made only in the coming days.

      The first list comprising 32 candidates, who were nominated by party’s core committee after detailed discussion, was tabled before the parliamentary board meeting chaired by national president Amit Shah. The meeting was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home minister Rajnath Singh, cabinet ministers Shahnawaz Hussain, Ram Madhav, Ram Lal, Prakash Javadekar and Prahlad Singh Patel apart from other national leaders. The meeting which was also participated by BJP Manipur Pradesh president Bhabananda and legislature wing leader Biswajit approved the first list after detailed discussion and there will not be any change, Chaoba added categorically.

      Regarding the second list, the state BJP leader told this staffer that party’s core committee meeting convened Saturday at Guwahati in Assam finalised the names of candidates and the list will be submitted to the parliamentary board. Preparations are being made for announcing the second list officially by January 27 after getting approval from the parliamentary board, he added.
Stating that some people aspiring to contest election on the party’s ticket will leave when they do not get tickets, Chaoba said that this is normal practice for every political party during the time of election but the BJP has a long practice of assigning a right post to those who could not get party tickets.

       He also informed this daily that state BJP unit approached the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take part in election campaign in the state at least twice. Chaoba said the PM will visit the state on January 29 and join the campaign in Imphal and Churachandpur. Several Union ministers will also visit the state to join party’s campaign from January 24 onwards, he said, adding that a tentative schedule for the visit of the Prime Minister and other Union ministers to the state has been submitted to the Election Commission of India.

      Clarifying that there was no favouritism and corruption in ticket allotment, the state BJP leader termed allegations levelled against the party as baseless and maintained that tickets were issued to the qualified persons.

       When asked if the party will project the chief ministerial candidate, Chaoba said that no such decision has been made so far and the decision in this regard will be finalised by party’s central leaders.

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