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AAP vows ‘clean’ election

Imphal, March 18: The Manipur unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today promised not to buy votes for its two candidates and also stop other parties from distributing money to voters.

Announcing the name of homeopathic doctor Khwairakpam Ibomcha Singh of Bishnupur district as AAP candidate for the Inner Manipur seat today, party adviser Lisam Khomdon said they would set up anti-corruption squads to prevent the use of unfair means during the polls.

“We will form five-member anti-corruption squads for every polling station across the state and will check distribution of money by candidates or parties,” Khomdon, former director of Manipur AIDS Control Society, said.

The AAP had yesterday announced the name of Khamchinpau Zou, a lawyer, as its candidate for Outer Manipur seat.

“The flying squads will report to the state election authorities and expenditure observers of the Election Commission on any unfair means used by any party or candidate,” he said.

Khomdon said his party could not compete with the “money and muscle power” of the ruling Congress, which is fielding two sitting MPs for the two Lok Sabha seats.

“The AAP, however, can compete with the Congress in terms of commitment, honesty and integrity. These qualities are our strength and power,” he said.

Ibomcha Singh, 43, runs the Nightingale Nursing Institute and the Thangjing Institute of Medical and Paramedical Research Centre, both at Porompat in Imphal East district.

He also runs the Regional Institute of Medical and Paramedical Sciences at Moirang in Bishnupur district, which provides free training courses for children of underprivileged families and orphans.

Though he had some experience in election campaigning for the Congress in the last Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections, Ibomcha Singh is entering the electoral fray the first time.

“I joined the AAP because my ideology and principles are similar to that professed by the party,” he said.

Deputy chief minister and Manipur Congress president Gaikhangam welcomed the AAP’s move to prevent the use of unfair means by contesting candidates and parties.

“We welcome the move. The Congress is against corruption. We have shown our commitment to transparency by passing the Lokpal Bill in Manipur. On other allegations levelled against the Congress, we don’t have time to react,” he said.

He said tomorrow’s election rally, which will be addressed by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi at Wangjing Kodompokpi ground, is expected to draw huge crowds.

Rahul will reach Imphal at 1.30pm by a special flight after an election rally at Aizawl. He will go to the rally venue in Thoubal district by a chopper. He will leave on the same day.


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