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Chaoba declares war on graft

Imphal, Dec. 17: The new president of the Manipur unit of BJP, Thounaojam Chaoba Singh, today announced a single-point agenda of fighting corruption with an eye on the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

“We are not getting good roads nor uninterrupted power supply. This is because of rampant corruption by the Congress government in Manipur. We will fight the polls on the issue of corruption,” Chaoba Singh announced at a felicitation programme at the party office here today.

Earlier, BJP election returning officer Ksh. Bhavanda announced that the Manipur unit of the BJP had elected Chaoba Singh as the new president for 2012-15 term in the presence of P. Chandra Shekhar Rao, zonal organising secretary, Northeast states.

Chaoba Singh, 75, former Union minister of state for youth affairs and sport, succeeded Sh. Shantikumar Sharma. This is the second time Chaoba Singh would be holding the post of the president of the Manipur unit of the BJP.

A former Congress member, Chaoba Singh left the BJP to join the Manipur People’s Party but came back to the BJP recently.

The BJP has no representation in the state Assembly as it could not elect any member in the January state Assembly elections this year. However, the strength of the party is growing with several former ministers and state Assembly election candidates joining the party.

“I am announcing here today I will not go after ministerial or other posts. I will work to root out corruption by dethroning the Congress government in Manipur. Today, the common people in Manipur are suffering because of rampant corruption under the Okram Ibobi Singh government,” Chaoba Singh said.

He indicated that corruption would be the main agenda of the BJP in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election in Manipur.

Manipur has two MPs in Lok Sabha — both from the Congress.

Rao, while addressing the programme, urged other non-Congress parties in Manipur to join hands with the BJP for a joint fight against the Congress to end its “misrule and corrupt practices”.

“There is no alternative to the Congress except the BJP. The Congress is looting Manipur. Therefore, let us fight the Congress together and consolidate the anti-Congress votes,” Rao appealed to non-Congress parties.

He charged that the Congress won 42 seats in the recent state Assembly elections because it bought votes and utilised government forces to win.

Outgoing president Shantikumar Sharma promised to extend full co-operation and support to Chaoba Singh.

The BJP also elected its two national council members from Manipur — Yanglep Haokip and T. Shyamacharan — unanimously.