BJP unable to announce candidates, Achouba threatens to quit Congress

IMPHAL, 22nd JAN: With 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly election just round the corner, battle for getting tickets of BJP and Congress party is also gaining momentum. BJP has been unable to announce names of already finalised candidates for the first phase due to huge pressures and flaks from several intending candidates, who do not feature in the list. On the other hand, Congress is also reportedly facing some tough situations with possibilities of some of its MLAs defecting from the party.

      Amid such fluid political situation, former MPCC vice-president and KVIB vice-chairman Sagolsem Achouba of Wangoi assembly constituency has announced that he will resign from Congress and the post of vice-chairman of KVIB as well if he does not get the Congress ticket to contest in the election.

      Meanwhile, BJP on Sunday announced names of 155 candidates of Uttar Pradesh for the second phase while keeping the names of finalised candidates for Manipur unannounced even though first phase candidates for both the poll-bound states were finalised on the same day.

      Sources said that the saffron party is delaying the official announcement of its candidates for Manipur due to possible readjustment in the finalised list with the party reportedly trying to rope in some Congress MLAs. In addition, there is huge pressure from intending candidates, who are not in the list of candidates published in the state dailies.

    With increasing pressure from different intending candidates, the party has reportedly restricted entry of any people from poll bound states to the party’s national office in New Delhi. On the other-hand, Congress has also witnessed changes in the party’s position. Some Congress MLAs, who have already taken forms for party ticket, are yet to submit their forms till date. At the same time, KVIB vice-chairman Sagolsem Achouba, who has been planning to contest the ensuing state assembly election on Congress ticket from Wangoi assembly constituency has announced his decision to resign from the party and KVIB as well. The decision was taken following a resolution of a public meeting held at Wangoi on Sunday, during which the supporters demanded that he should resign from the party.

          Achouba said that he would submit his resignation letter to the MPCC president on Monday. Mention may be made that Achouba had remained as vice-chairman of state youth Congress, treasurer, executive member and vice-president of MPCC since 1993. Sunday’s meeting also stressed the need for electing a non-Congress and non-BJP candidate from the constituency while observing that neither Congress nor BJP would be able to form the next government in the state.

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