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5 oppn parties form front to take on Cong

Five opposition parties in Manipur have formed a new alliance in a bid to install a non-Congress government in the upcoming assembly elections.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2012 02:11 IST
HT Correspondent

Five opposition parties in Manipur have formed a new alliance in a bid to install a non-Congress government in the upcoming assembly elections.

State leaders of Manipur People’s Party (MPP), NCP, JD(U), RJD and CPM launched the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) on Sunday with MPP president Nimaichand Luwang as its convener.

“People want a change in the January 28 polls,” said Luwang, who was accompanied by JD(U) state president M Tombi and RJD state president K Kumarjit.

Announcing a list of 30 PDF candidates for the 60-member assembly in the first phase, Luwang said MPP would fight for 15 seats, NCP for 9, JD-U for 5 and CPI-M for one.

Besides, PDF would support the candidature of CPI leader M Nara in Wangjing-Tentha constituency and BJP aspirant Indira Devi in Thoubal seat, he said. CM O Ibobi is contesting from Thoubal.

In the last assembly polls, the Congress won 30 seats, MPP 5, CPI 4, NCP 4, RJD 3, the National People’s Party 3 and Trinamool Congress one seat. Ten seats went to Independents.

As many as 350 companies of forces and 13,000 personnel will be deployed at 2,357 booths.