MANIPUR PANCHAYAT ELECTION
IMPHAL, Jan 15: The ruling Congress party has been defeated thoroughly in the Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat elections of which results were declared today, claimed BJP Manipur Pradesh president Thounaojam Chaoba. Speaking to media persons at their Nityaipat Chuthek office today, Chaoba stated that Congress could not secure even one-third of the total Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat seats. The Chief Minister’s challenge made before the polls to see the results has been replied befittingly. He also conveyed gratitude to the voters for defeating the Congress party’s money and
muscle power. The election result is a clear indication of Manipuri people’s desire for a change in the electoral politics of Manipur and a change would be seen sooner rather than later. Congress would be defeated again at the hands of BJP in the election to Imphal Municipal Corporation which would be held in May this year. MLA Kh Joykishan asserted that the election result is a testimony of the Congress party’s fast declining popularity. BJP is now able to wrest power from the Congress party in many Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats even though Congress
was in power in almost all the Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats during the previous term. BJP would score a resounding victory over Congress party in the next State Legislative Assembly election which is due next year as hinted by the result of the local body election. MLA Th Bishwajit claimed that BJP’s victory is the people’s victory. BJP Manipur Pradesh general secretary (administration) M Ashnikumar remarked that Congress party has suffered a major setback after successive defeats in the by-election to two Assembly segments and the local body elections of which results have been declared today.