Ahead of Assembly polls, PM Modi to address rally in Imphal

RSTV Bureau

Security has been beefed up ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Manipur where he is expected to address a public rally in favour of BJP candidates for the upcoming Manipur Assembly elections.

The venue of the rally was shifted from Kangla Fort to Langjing Achouba after Irom Sharmila’s People Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) raised objections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Bahraich district on 23 February 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election campaign rally in Bahraich district on 23 February 2017.

Officials said that the state police has started round the clock search operations to prevent any unwanted activity.

A team of Manipur police, led by additional SP S Ibomcha Singh conducted search operations at Langjing Achouba in Imphal West district, where the prime minister is scheduled to address a public rally, they said.

The venue of the rally was shifted from Kangla Fort to Langjing Achouba after Irom Sharmila’s People Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) raised objection, citing the venue as a sacred place for the people of the state.

Other teams of state forces are also conducting search operations in the capital, including frisking of vehicles as part of beefing up the security apparatus, officials added.

Voting will be held on 4th and 8th of next month. 266 candidates including ten women are in the fray.

Congress and BJP are the two main players in the election fight. Congress has fielded 59 candidates and BJP 60. Trinamool Congress has fielded 16, NCP 7, CPI 6 and CPI(M) two.

Among the regional parties, Naga People’s Front has fielded 16 candidates and People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) one. Twenty three Independents are also in the fray.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is also visiting Imphal to campaign for the party on the 28th of this month.

Earlier Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu and North-East Democratic Alliance Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma have campaigned for their party candidates in different parts of the state.