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Imphal, 18 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Eight Congress MLAs led by party leaders, former Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi and Deputy Chief Minister, Gaikhangam met Governor-In-Charge of Manipur, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi to stake claim formation of Congress Government in the state today. The meeting was called by the Congress leaders at the wake of swear-in invite by Karnataka Governor to the single Largest party, BJP to form the government in Karnataka. The Congress leaders claimed that the party was the single largest party in Manipur, attaining 28 seats during the 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly last year and so it should have been invited to form the government just like in Karnataka. During the half an hour meeting with the Governor-In-charge, the Congress leaders demanded dismissal of the present BJP government in the state and to give privilege to the congress to form the government. Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Former Chief Minister, Okram Ibobi said that the Governor-In-Charge has been intimated all about the situation that when the Congress with 28 seats missing just 3 seats to attain an absolute majority was rejected , the BJP with merely 21 seats was given the swear-in invite to form the government by the Governor of Manipur. Ibobi lamented that Congress would be ruling the state, if the Governor had then given at least 24 hours or a week to prove the majority. The former Chief Minister further questioned why the congress was not invited to form government in Manipur , when the single largest majority, BJP was given the privilege in Karnataka. Okram Ibobi hoped that the Governor-In-Charge would bring justice to the current Political Crisis in the state.
Imphal, 17 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Socialist Students union of Manipur and Proletarian Feminist movement Manipur demanded BJP Manipur Pradesh to oust the party's Vice President, M. Ashinikumar from the Party alleging that he is protecting one of the accused involved in Thanga Gang Rape case. The Organisations also demanded to expel an alleged rapist, BJP MLA Sekmai, Heikham Dingo from the party. Speaking to media persons at a press meet with the representatives of SSUM and POFM, at SSUM’s office in Keishampat, Convenor of SSUM, Norem Tanoranjan intimated that the organisations visited the Victim’s residence to investigate on Thanga Rape case. He said investigation on the absconding accused out of the 5 rape accused, it was found that the absconding accused is a relative of Vice President, BJP Manipur Pradesh, M. Ashinikumar. Tanoranjan disclosed that Ashinikumar threatened the Police not to arrest the absconding accused. He said the absconding accused is Heisnam Abungo, 26 years, from Thanga Salam Leikai. It may be mentioned that Abungo along with 4 others abducted a minor girl reading in class 9 on Feb 13 on a van and sexually assaulted her. Representatives of SSUM and POFM also stated that unknown individuals threatened the victim’s family on April 25. They also intimated that the girl along with her family members were threatened by showing a gun not to divulge the truth while they were at the Court for the case hearing on April 26. On the other hand, Tanoranjan stated that SSUM will convene an All Political Party on May 20 to discuss on crime against women. He warned of intense agitation if the Government does not produce the absconding culprit by May 20.
Imphal, 15 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Biren led BJP Government's ambitious 'Go-to Village mission has reached Hiyangthang Govindagram Village in Wangoi Constituency today. The 'Go-to Village mission camp was held at Ibudhou Puthiba Nongshaba Khullem Panthoibi Haraobung of Hiyangthang Govindagram Village. Chief Minister Biren, CAF &PD Minister Karam Shyam and MLA Wangoi, O. Lukhoi attended the camp. Altogether 25 stalls were opened by various state Government departments at the Camp to facilitate various welfare schemes to the villagers.
Imphal, 14 May 2018 ( Evening News ) : A Regional Political Party, the North East India Development Party ( NEIDIP ) has filed a petition at the Supreme Court claiming misconducts during the last 11th Manipur Legislative Assembly elections of March, 2017 at 19-Patsoi Assembly Constituency. NEIDIP has alleged that there were misconducts during the announcement of successful and unsuccessful candidates of 19-Patsoi Assembly Constituency. The party also claimed that Ballot Papers of 19 Patsoi Assembly Constituency were put into Ballot Box of 18-Konthoujam Assembly Constituency which came to light only the next day after the election, due to which the Postal Ballots were not considered for election counting. NEIDIP said the petition was filed at the Supreme Court against violation of the Indian Constitution and the guidelines of the Election Commission of India. The Regional Party further assured the people to continue working to ensure the rights enshrined in the Indian Constitution to every citizen.
Imphal, 13 May 2018 (Evening News ) : Country head of India, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Kenichi Yokoyama asserted that delay in releasing funds to contractors are hampering progress in Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded projects in Manipur. Speaking to a selected group of senior editors, Kenichi said he was specially in Manipur to see what was causing the delay in projects being funded by the bank. He said he has visited the work sites and also inspected roads and have studied the project management system. Kenich said the works and implementation methods are found to be strong , however, lamented that fund release by the government was slow. He intimated that Chief Minister N Biren and Chief Secretary have assured that the matter would be looked into. The Head pointed out on how the project can progress when contractors are not paid as long as six months. He added that ADB is currently funding three road projects namely Tupul to Bishnupur, Thoubal to Kasom Khullen and Imphal to Tamenglong via Kangchup. He told the editors that the Bank is also ready to fund the Imphal-Moreh stretch of the Asian Highway and the DPR is ready for the same. Kenichi said the bank is ready to sign the agreement with Manipur government to provide 150 million dollar for Imphal-Moreh stretch this year. He said, Imphal is very critical in connecting India and Bangladesh to the South east Asia and that they are very keen to provide fund however quick decision needs to be taken. He stated that ADB has 400 million dollar in hand.Responding to the question on the ambitious government plan for a ring road around Imphal, he said, ADB is also ready to fund the project, however, the Government needs to send a fresh proposal.