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Congress confident of making it four in a row, 273 candidates in fray

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Imphal | Friday, Feb 17 2017 IST
 
Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh today said Congress will come back to power after getting a comfortable majority in the upcoming assembly election in the state. Mr Ibobi said about 40 MLAs may be elected in the 60 member House.

The chief minister addressing a function at Uripok. Congress leaders and candidates organized flag hoisting ceremonies in most constituencies. Prayers, public meetings were held in residences of most candidates as part of the flag hoisting ceremonies.

Hundreds of supporters came to take part in the function. Altogether 273 candidates were in the fray which may alter as scrutiny and withdrawal processes were still pending. Chief Electoral Officer VK Dewangan said for the first phase of elections to be held on March 4 in 38 constituencies 170 candidates were in the fray. The final list will be finalized after the last date of withdrawal that is Feb 18, he said.

Mr Dewangan said so far only one candidate Henlianthang Thanglet NPP of 58-Churachandpur AC was rejected during scrutiny.

For the second phase of elections to be held on March 8 in 22 constituencies 103 candidates have filed papers and scrutiny process is going on today at various Election offices, he said. Saikul in Kangpokpi district recorded the highest number of candidates numbering 11, Keirao, Imphal has 10 candidates while Keishamthong in Imphal West has eight candidates, the chief electoral dfficer added.UNI NS BM

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0214-1154031.Xml

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