Turncoats should be shunted in elections, says Okram Ibobi Singh

Manipur Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh on November 4 said that a politician who switches from one party to another, must be disqualified.

Ibobi Singh was commenting on the five Congress MLAs who resigned from the party and were contesting as BJP candidates in the byelections to the five assembly segments in the state.

The former chief minister said that all of them decided to resign to gain political benefits. “We must not support such politicians,” he added.

He was addressing an election campaign held at Wangjing-Tentha in Thoubal district on November 4.

Ibobi Singh said in 2004, former PM Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited Manipur twice and after consulting the Manipur government, Manipur University and RIMS were converted into central universities.

He dared the BJP government in Manipur if it can ask PM Modi to affiliate both Dhanamanjuri University and JNIMS to the central government.

Former Union minister and AICC in-charge of Manipur, Bhakta Charan Das said some party has no respect for women and differentiates people on the basis of religion.

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president M Okendro said that the candidates who were now working as MLAs and ministers in the ruling party in the state were once candidates of Congress. “They built up their fame and success while staying in Congress party. Now they have abandoned the party like the way people who abandoned old currency, and children abandoning their parents,” Okendro said.

Byelections will be held on four seats on November 7. The BJP has already won a seat uncontested from Singhat seat.

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