Imphal, Sept. 18: The BJP’s Manipur unit today announced the name of Gangmumei Kamei, former Manipur higher education minister, as its candidate for the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat.
This was announced by state unit vice-president Nandakishor Singh.
All the non-Congress parties in Manipur, national and regional, have been holding consultations to find a common candidate for the state’s two Lok Sabha seats — Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur parliamentary constituencies — for the general elections in 2014. A concensus, however, eluded them.
The BJP, which hopes to oust the Congress-led UPA government and come to power at the Centre in the next election, had taken the initiative to arrive at consensus candidates for the two seats. At present, the ruling Congress in the state represents both the Inner and Outer seats.
It, however, lost hope of a consensus candidate and announced its own candidate for the Outer Manipur Lok Sabha seat today. “We have realised finding consensus candidates of the Opposition parties is now impossible. There were many joint sittings of the non-Congress parties. Most of the parties wanted to put up their candidates in both the seats,” BJP spokesperson Salam Ibohal Singh said.
Kamei is a former professor of Manipur University.
However, the BJP will continue to search for like-minded parties and seek their support. It is trying to get support from the Naga People’s Front, which has four MLAs in the hills. The party is gearing up to put up candidates in both the seats.
Sources said the CPI, Trinamul Congress and the NCP are also planning to contest either one or both the seats. The Left is likely to come together and find a consensus candidate. The Trinamul Congress is the largest Opposition party with seven MLAs. The Manipur State Congress Party, a regional party and the second largest Opposition party, has not yet decided about fielding candidates, sources said.
Shot dead: A leader of the Manipur Naga Revolutionary Front was shot dead by a suspected rival faction in Ukhrul district, the police said today. The body of the MNRF “adviser”, Johnson Kasung, 55, was found at Tolen Lamkhai today, says PTI.