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Election Commission of India (ECI) recognizes NPF as a state party in Manipur
Source: Hueiyen News Service / NNN

Dimapur, September 07 2012: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recognised the Naga People's Front (NPF) as a state party in Manipur also.

NPF has been recognised already as a political party in Nagaland.

On Friday, the Election Commission of India in a letter to the NPF office in Kohima has stated that the former has recognised the NPF as a state party in Manipur under the provisions of the election symbols (Reservation and Allotment), order 1968 as the NPF has fulfilled the conditions laid down in Para 6(a) of the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) order 1968 .

Today's decision of the Election Commission of India came three months after the Manipur unit of the NPF was dissolved.

On May 27, according to an intimation dispatched by the Manipur State unit of the party to the NPF Central office based in Kohima, the dissolution of the party in Manipur has been done for re-structuring of the party in Manipur.

However, the intimation letter of the Manipur State unit signed by its president G Gaingam on May 24 addressed to the NPF Central president in Kohima which was made available to Newmai News Network today said, "With reference to the notification number NPF-28/MSU/2011-14/39 dated 11/5/2012 of the President NPF Central Kohima, regarding the dissolution of divisional and area units and in accordance with the decision taken after a detailed discussion and serious consideration in the meeting of the NPF Manipur State unit comprising of members of Advisory Committee and frontal organisations, I am to recommend for the dissolution of the State unit with immediate effect" .

Based on this letter, it has become obvious that the Central Office of NPF in Kohima had notified for the dissolution of the party in Manipur on May 11 .

Accordingly, the Manipur State unit of the NPF had said on May 27 in its intimation to the Central Office at Kohima, "In anticipation of the approval, the Manipur unit will cease to function forthwith," adding with the reason, "This is done so to pave way for complete re-structuring process of the party in the state" .

Mention may be made here that the Naga People's Front (NPF) after changing its nomenclature was expanded to Manipur officially last year with Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio launching the party at Senapati in a gala fanfare amidst strong objections from certain quarters.

The party fought the last Manipur legislative assembly election held in January by fielding 12 candidates.

It could manage to win only four seats.

Mao and Karong assembly constituencies in Senapati district, Ukhrul headquarters constiuency and Chandel assembly constituency have been secured by the NPF.


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