Independent candidate Chinlunthang

An independent candidate from Manipur’s Singhat assembly constituency has withdrawn his nomination papers, sources said.

The move came a day after nomination papers of 15 candidates for the forthcoming November 7 by-elections to five assembly constituencies in Manipur were accepted during scrutiny on Wednesday, sources said.

With the withdrawal of the nomination paper of Chinlunthang, the former MLA and BJP candidate Ginsuanhau becomes an uncontested candidate in Singhat assembly constituency, sources said.

On Wednesday, nomination papers of all the 15 candidates for the by-elections to five assembly constituencies- Wangoi,Wangjing-Tentha,Lilong,Saitu (ST)and Singhat(ST) were accepted after scrutiny.

The by-elections for the five assembly constituencies were necessitated after their respective sitting MLAs resigned from the membership of the Manipur Legislative Assembly in the recent past.

The ECI had announced by-elections to five Manipur constituencies for November 7.

The last date of withdrawal of nomination is October 23. The counting of votes will take place on November 10.

The BJP led coalition government in Manipur came to power in March 2017 with support of some other parties in the 60 member House.


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