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BJP’s Manipur campaign to remain faceless with no CM candidate

BJP national leader and Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that his party is not going to name chief ministerial candidate ahead of the assembly polls.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 18, 2017 08:21 IST
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The BJP hopes to throw out the Congress-led government in Manipur when it votes on March 4 and 8 for the state assembly. However, despite several requests from the state party unit, the BJP has decided against naming a chief ministerial candidate.
The BJP hopes to throw out the Congress-led government in Manipur when it votes on March 4 and 8 for the state assembly. However, despite several requests from the state party unit, the BJP has decided against naming a chief ministerial candidate.(AFP File)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national leader and Union human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that his party is not going to name chief ministerial candidate ahead of the state assembly polls in Manipur which votes in two phases on March 4 and 8.

“Every states has a different strategy.Sometimes we declare (candidate) like we did in Assam. But in Jharkhand, in Maharashtra, in UP, in Bihar and in Haryana, we did not announce,” said Javadekar who is the BJP’s election in-charge for Manipur. “So it’s a strategical decision of the party to declare before hand or not to declare (the candidate). But we’ll give you a very good chief minister.”

“Sometimes abundance of people also is the reason. We’ve a number (of) very good and potential people.It’s an issue of strategy,” he added at a press conference in Imphal.

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Javadekar is currently camping in Imphal to personally take up the party’s action plan for the crucial assembly elections in which is seeks to oust 15 years of Congress rule.

Earlier, BJP’s Manipur Pradesh election management committee convenor Th Chaoba Singh told the local media that he had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to name a chief ministerial candidate to give their campaign an edge.

However expressing confidence of the party’s success in March polls, the HRD minister said the people’s response to the party, compared to the last assembly polls, is quite commendable. A number of BJP’s star campaigners are expected to speak to voters to further boost efforts.

Ahead of Modi’s visit for an election rally at the historic Kangla Fort on February 25, Union home minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to attend the meet ‘Change for a better and develop Manipur’ on February 19.

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