Manipur’s titular king Sanajaoba Leishemba (in white) while filing his nomination for RS polls. Image: Northeast Now
Manipur’s titular king Sanajaoba Leishemba (in white) while filing his nomination for RS polls. Image: Northeast Now

Manipur’s titular king Sanajaoba Leishemba filed his nomination paper as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha polls on Friday.

The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be held on Monday for the Rajya Sabha polls scheduled on March 26.

The state Chief Minister N Biren Singh led the council of ministers accompanied the Maharaj Leishemba while filing two nomination papers proposed by six ruling legislators each.

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At present, BJP Manipur Pradesh president Kshetrimayum Bhabananda is the seating member of the Upper House from Manipur, whose term is due to expire in April this year.

It may be mentioned that the central election committee of BJP had nominated titular King Leishemba as their candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls on Wednesday.

On the other hand, former MLA Tongbram Mangibabu of Indian National Congress and Honreikhui Kashung of Naga People’s Front (NPF) have also filed their nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha polls later in the afternoon, sources said.

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Former CM O Ibobi and ex-deputy CM and Congress working committee member Gaikhangam, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Moirangthem Okendra and Congress MLAs were present during the filing of the nomination paper.

On Thursday Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) leaders with its president, Moirangthem Okendra in the chair holds a marathon meeting to nominate a consensus candidate as the party reportedly have three intending candidates T Mangibabu, Poonam Rani Wangkhem and Ningombam Bhupendra.

Similarly Manipur state unit of NPF, a major coalition partner having 4 MLAs in the BJP led coalition government in Manipur also holds series of meeting to name Honreikhui Kashung as the party’s candidate for Rajya Sabha polls.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com