Tie-up blues haunt political parties
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 11: Even if Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Indian National Congress (INC) have agreed to forge an alliance in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election slated to be held in April, the respective State unit of the parties do not see eye-to-eye and might field their own candidates and go for friendly contest in the election.

Talking to The Sangai Express, former MP Holkhomang Haokip, who would be contesting in the election for the Outer Manipur Parliamentary seat alleged that State unit Congress has disregarded the agreement arrived between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP president Sharad Pawar for fighting the Lok Sabha election together.

Holkhomang further said that when the matter was proposed, some of the senior members of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, in complete disregard of the agreement reached between the High Commands of the parties retorted that there is no harm in going for a friendly contest in the election even if an alliance has been formed between the two parties at the national level.

It may be noted here in the list of three persons selected from among the ticket aspirants of the Congress for contesting in the election for the Outer seats, the name of GAD Minister Francis Ngajokpa tops the list.

Seasoned politician arid Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing had been trying his best for fielding Francis Ngajokpa as a Congress candidate from the Outer Parliamentary Constituency.

With Election Commission on March 8 declaring .the NCP led by Sharad Pawar as the real NCP and reserving the right to used the party symbol and flag, Holkhomang said that Sharad Pawar has asked him to come and get the party ticket for contesting election for the Outer seat.

Informing that he is likely to go to Delhi on March 15 or 16 for getting the ticket, Holkhomang said that campaigning for the election would begin soon after his arrival back at Imphal.

With the date of the polls advancing, an office of the Sharad Pawar led NCP would be opened at Babupara tomorrow and the new office bearers of the party would also be elected, Holkhomang informed, adding that the names of the elected office bearers would be handed over to the party High Command during his visit to Delhi.