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Recruits threaten to boycott Congress

- Selected candidates seek appointments

Imphal, April 2: Candidates selected in a recruitment of police sub-inspector and jemadar today threatened to boycott the Congress candidates in the Lok Sabha elections.

Altogether 373 candidates today staged a sit-in at Thangmeiband of Imphal to warn the government of their boycott.

The candidates were selected in a recruitment process, which began in 2010 and ended in August, with the declaration of the results.

“Though the results were declared in August none of the selected candidates have been appointed till today,” Sanjiv Thounaojam, the secretary of Association of Sub-inspector /Jemadar Selected Candidates, said.

The candidates met deputy chief minister Gaikhangam, who has been the home minister four times and in every meeting he assured the candidates that the process was under way and they would be recruited shortly.

Thounaojam said the candidates on March 24 gave an ultimatum to the government to appoint the selected candidates within one week.

“We have decided to launch our agitation as no response came from the government even after the ultimatum. Today’s sit-in is the first phase of our agitation. Different forms of agitation will continue,” Thounaojam said.

He said there were many candidates in the selected list who gave up their jobs in private sector after their success in the police recruitment process.

“Instead of giving jobs the government is making youths jobless. The candidates are mostly young. Keeping them idle is not a right thing to do. This behaviour is strongly condemnable,” he said.