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NEDA Convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma to visit poll-bound Manipur on Oct 31

Guwahati: Amid frantic electioneering for the November 7 by-polls in the state of Manipur, Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Convenor and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is all set to visit the poll bound state.

According to reports, Biswa Sarma is likely to look into the election strategy in the state where the BJP is likely to face stiff challenges from the NPP and the Congress.

Although the BJP and NPP are traditionally considered political allies, the two parties’ camaraderie in Manipur seems to have taken a hit amid the political turmoil in the state.

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Yesterday, Meghalaya Chief Minister and NPP supremo Conrad Sangma hit the campaign trail in Wangoi in Manipur.

Speaking about his own NPP party, Sangma said, “We need a voice, we need a platform, we need a political party that is going to fight for us and ensure that justice is done for the people of the Northeast.”

BJP candidate Oinam Lukhoi is the current favourite from Wangoi. A recent resignee from the Congress, Lukhoi has now been made a Cabinet Minister.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar of the NPP said the party candidate would defeat the BJP in Wangoi.

He however said the NPP would not withdraw support to the coalition ministry.

It needs mention here that four NPP MLAs were made Cabinet Ministers. Recently, twoof those Ministers were sacked in a major shake-up.

Despite the intervention of national NPP president Conard Sangma, who is the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, the two Ministers were not reinducted.

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