‘Consensus candidate’ remains elusive for Ruling, Oppn
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 10: Despite holding various meetings by the both the SPF and the opposition DPA leaders for projecting their respective consensus candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, both the Ruling as well as the Opposition leaders have failed to find their respective consensus candidate till today.

With the Congress party's candidate for the two parliamentary seats mostly likely to be announced by the party's high command at New Delhi before March 15, it is believed that outer and inner parliamentary seats for the Ruling party are likely to go in favour of candidates projected by the Chief Minister despite the slight opposition from the Congress Organisation members.

It may be noted here that CPI an important partner in the SPF Govt had already announced that it would be projecting Arts and Culture Minister Dr M Nara as the candidate for the inner parliamentary constituency.

However the party has not yet taken any concrete decision as regards the outer constituency seat as it would not be projecting any candiates for the seat.

Meanwhile, an important leader of the CPI while informing that all efforts are being made to convene a meeting of the SPF partners very soon for bringing out a consensus candidate, expressed with hope that SPF members will surely be able to find a consensus candidate within a few days.

Meanwhile, Opposition DPA which will be contesting the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls without the BJP have also been unable to find their consensus candidate despite or- ganising various meeting on the issue.

On the other hand, State BJP unit has already submitted the names of 9 persons out of the 12 persons who had applied for the party's ticket to the party's high command for the final selection.

It is also reportedly learnt that BJP's Central Election Committee meeting will be beginning at New Delhi from March 15 after which BJP's candidates for the upcoming election are mostly likely to be announced.