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Wednesday , March 26 , 2014
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Meinya richer since 2009, minus car

Imphal, March 25: Thokchom Meinya Singh, who is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha for the third consecutive time from Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency, does not own a vehicle, though he is richer by more than twice the amount since the 2009 Lok Sabha election.

However, Meinya, who had a car during the 2009 election, no longer owns one this time. His family of four has only one motorcycle, belonging to his first dependent as shown in his affidavit, which was filed yesterday.

The affidavit filed for the 2009 Lok Sabha election had shown a total of his cash in hand, bank and LIC savings as Rs 3,70,000. It also showed that he had owned a car and a scooter, the value of which was not given in the affidavit. His immovable items, comprising agriculture land, non-agricultural land and a house, were valued at Rs 7,70,000.

The affidavit filed yesterday showed the value of his movable items at Rs 15.3 lakh.

The value of his immovable assets is estimated at Rs 14.1 lakh. His wife does not own any car either. His dependent T. Halley owns a motorcycle, the affidavit said.

His total income during the fiscal 2013-14 is shown as Rs 15.71 lakh.

Meinya Singh, who hails from Khumbong in Imphal West, is pitted against CPI candidate Moirangthem Nara Singh, who is being backed by an eight-party Left and Secular Alliance.

Nara Singh was Meinya Singh’s nearest rival in the 2009 Lok Sabha election.

Janata Dal (U) pulled out of the alliance last night.

So far, seven candidates, including Meinya Singh, filed nomination papers for the Inner constituency. The six other candidates are R.K. Ranjan Singh (BJP), Moirangthem Nara Singh (CPI), Oinam Indira Devi (Independent), G. Tonsana Sharma (Manipur Peoples Democratic Front), Sarangthem Manaobi (Trinamul Congress) and O. Jotin (Jai Mahabharat).

The filing of nomination will close tomorrow.

Threat to leaders: An unknown person threatened three leaders of the Left and Secular Alliance against supporting the NCP candidate in the Outer Lok Sabha seat, C. Doungel.

“Three leaders of the alliance received text messages from an unknown person yesterday afternoon. The text messages told us that we would face dire consequences if we support Doungel,” Ksh. Shanta Singh, the convener of the alliance, today said.

Seven constituent parties — the CPI, CPM, BSP, Forward Bloc, RSP, Siva Sena and JD (S) — are supporting Doungel.

Shanta said the text messages were received by him, alliance candidate Nara Singh and JD (S) leader Manihar Goswami.

The three leaders lodged a complaint with the superintendent of police, Imphal West, A.K. Jhaljit Singh today.

Shanta said the alliance suspected the hands of a political party behind the threatening text messages.