UNC names consensus candidates
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 17: The UNC has confirmed that K Sebastian Sanglung and Francis Huten would be its �consensus candidates� in Nungba A/C and Chandel A/C.Dismissing any room for confusion in the selection, the UNC said decision to this effect was taken in consultation with the Naga people.

Some observers have been speculating that Gangmumei Kamei and L Benjamin would be its �consensus candidates� in these two Assembly segments.

Besides Sanglung and Huten, the other three �consensus candidates� for the third phase of polling are Samuel Jendai in Tamenglong A/C, Morung Makunga in Tengnoupal A/C and N Awangbow in Tamei A/C.UNC president Paul said that there should be no further debate on the matter as all the intending candidates had already entered into an understanding that they would not make any complaint or objection when their candidatures are not recommended for UNC's �consensus candidates�.

Reacting to the recent rally at Tamenglong and the rallyists' allegation that UNC has been intimidating and interfering in the electoral process, he clarified that there was no case of intimidation.

He informed that the UNC leaders are campaigning in full gear for the ensuing elections in Tamenglong and Chandel districts.

UNC's general secretary Ajang Longmai and speaker Samson have gone to Tamenglong to join poll campaign there.

To a query, Paul asserted that the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to address a rally is a clear indicator that the Congress party is shaky in these constituencies.

Though the UNC is confident of victory for at least four of its nominees in the just concluded first phase polling, Paul reteirated that elected UNC nominees would not join in the formation of the next State Government.

He conveyed the UNC's desire for the successful candidates to sit in the opposition.