Imphal, March 7: The Manipur unit of the BJP will focus more on road shows and street-corner meetings than public meetings while campaigning for the party’s two candidates for the Lok Sabha election.
Manipur has two Lok Sabha seats — Outer Manipur and Inner Manipur.
The Outer will go to the polls in the first phase on April 9 while the Inner will vote on April 17.
The BJP is fielding historian and former minister Gangmumei Kamei in the Outer and environmentalist and guest lecturer of geography of Manipur University R.K. Ranjan Singh in the Inner.
After election notification is issued on March 15, all the contesting parties have 11 days for campaigning in the Outer. The number of days for the Inner is 17 days after the notification scheduled for March 19 is issued.
While 10 political parties are fielding former minister and CPI state secretary Moirangthem Nara Singh as their common candidate in the Inner, the Congress is yet to announce its candidates for the two seats.
Welcoming the “shortened time” for campaigning, BJP president Thounaojam Chaoba Singh said the fewer number of daus fpr campaigning would drastically cut down use of “muscle power and money power” by the Congress.
“We will focus more on road shows and street-corner meetings rather than holding big rallies. This type of campaigning will help us reach out to more voters. We will soon begin the road shows,” Chaoba Singh said.
However, the party has already fixed dates for four “big election rallies” for the Outer seat beginning March 13.
Goa deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza will address all the four rallies at Noney in Tamenglong, Churachandpur and Senapati districts for the Outer candidate.
“We will decorate mini-trucks with the party symbol, flags and pictures of the contesting candidates at strategic locations for the road shows. Party leaders and candidates will address such road shows in both the constituencies,” M. Asnikumar, the convener of BJP election campaign committee, said.
He said at least 10 such road shows would be organised in the Inner constituency. The BJP will organise fewer road shows in the Outer seat because of the hilly terrain, he added.
Yesterday, Ranjan Singh, accompanied by party leaders, campaigned inside the three women markets of Imphal city.
In another development, former education director Th. Shamungou, Trinamul Congress MLA in Hiyanglam Assembly constituency in Thoubal district Maibam Kunjo’s son Maibam Dhanabir and chief adviser of Kom Tribe Union, Lalkhopao Kom, today joined the BJP.