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Militants' threat affects poll campaign in Manipur

The poll campaign in Manipur has been affected following reported threat by two militant groups to Congress and BJP to stop all poll-related activities.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Imphal
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2004 02:20 PM IST

The poll campaign in Manipur has been affected following reported threat by two militant groups to Congress and BJP to stop all poll-related activities.

"We may concentrate on grass-root level workers of Congress since we cannot openly campaign for the forthcoming polls," a senior Congress leader said on condition of anonymity here today.

The Congress leader said the party was aware of media reports that the militants had "banned" poll-related activities of Congress alleging "failure" of Secular Progressive Front ministry in developing the state and preventing atrocities on local people.

However, he said the party has not received any letter or phone call from any militant outfit criticising performance of Congress-led SPF ministry in the state.

Manipur Higher Education Minister T Meinya Singh is the lone Congress candidate in the state which has two parliamentary seats - Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur - since nomination papers of Francis Ngajokpa (Congress) in Outer Manipur were rejected after scrutiny. MORE PTI TP MD DKC JW 04031214 D

Separatist KYKL has reportedly threatened to kill any person campaigning for BJP's state unit president Th Chaoba Singh saying, he should be removed from the party post.

On the reported ban, Chaoba Singh said everything related to the polls, including the campaign, would be decided by the party's general body or executive committee in next few days.

BJP national Secretary and MLA M Bhorot Singh said the militant threat was a "very serious" matter and the central leaders have been informed about it.

Meanwhile, normally crowded offices of BJP and Congress wore a deserted look with party workers and leaders failing to turn up in spite of tight security arrangements.

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