21 October 2013: Ticket Committee of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), Monday, reviewed the list of prospective candidates of the upcoming Lok Sabha Election, who have submitted forms to MPCC and the meeting gave the responsibility to prepare the final panel list of the party to Chief Minister O Ibobi and Deputy Chief Minister, Gaikhangam, who is the President of MPCC.
The meeting, which began from 4 pm in the afternoon, reviewed the list of prospect candidates of the Lok Sabha Election, who have submitted their forms to the party until 3 pm today. Four persons have submitted forms to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election from the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency while eight persons applied for party ticket to contest the election from Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency.
The four prospect candidates of Inner Constituency are sitting MP, Dr T Meinya, K Saratchandra from Thoubal, MPCC Secretary, L Tilotama and M Bishwajit from Bishnupur. On the other hand, the eight prospect candidates of Outer Constituency are sitting MP, Thangso Baite, MPCC General Secretary Ex Minister DD Thaisii, Janghemlung Panmei, JL Somi, Langkhanpao Guite, Ngachonmi Chamroi, Wilibou Newmai and Bungeilun alias Lulun Tonsing, daughter of Health and Family Welfare Minister Phungzathang Tonsing.
Speaking to People’s Chronicle, 35 years old Lulun Tonsing, who studied International Business in North Park University Chicago and Legal Studies in Loyola University, Chicago, said that she applied for Congress ticket to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha Election with the belief that MPCC will give its ticket to a woman candidate this time. She is holding the charge of President of Churachandpur District Mahila Congress and her father Phungzathang Tonsing is extending full support in her decision to contest the election.
Talking about the meeting of MPCC Ticket Committee, MPCC President, Gaikhangam said that the meeting of the ticket committee reviewed and discussed the names of the prospect candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha Election, who have applied for Congress ticket until 3 pm today. MPCC had issued notification, inviting application from intending candidates to contest the election on October 18. The committee handed over the responsibility for the preparation of final panel list to Chief Minister O Ibobi and him.
He said that both the Chief Minister and he would not do anything on their personal interest without consulting the matter with party leaders, even though the committee has given them the responsibility. They will send the final panel list to AICC very soon after discussing with party leaders. Since, the final decision lies with the All India Congress Committee (AICC), there is nothing much, MPCC can do in the selection of final panel list.
Replying to questions of reporters on the possibility of providing party tickets to sitting MPs or persons who have not applied for party ticket, Gaikhangam said that MPCC cannot and does not want to give any comment in this regard since MPCC has nothing to do in such matter. He also said that MPCC would follow the decision of AICC as the final and binding. The only responsibility for MPCC is to prepare a panel list and send it to AICC.
Taking about the bandh called by some organizations in the hill areas demanding uniformity in police and revenue jurisdiction, Gaikhangam said that he met and held discussions with the organizations, which are heading the movement on October 12. In the meeting, he had requested them to withdraw their stand since it is a small matter and he will try to work out an early solution. However, it is unfortunate for the organizations to defame him as if he was avoiding to meet them, he added.
He further said that the government is doing everything it can for the welfare of the people. The difference in the revenue jurisdiction and police jurisdiction is an internal arrangement to provide effective access to maintain law and order in the hill areas. There is not a single question of the government trying to sideline the demand of the organization.