Campaign will be launched against by-election and no representative of CPI will contest: MSC-CPI

State secretary of MSC/CPI, L Sotinkumar Singh said that few MLAs from Congress party were instigated by BJP to gain power politics in the state.

Rebuking the decision of BJP led government to conduct by-election amid COVID-19 outbreak, the Manipur State Council Communist Party of India (MSC/CPI) has resolved to launch a campaign if the state government and election commission forcefully conduct the election.

In a release, state secretary of MSC/CPI, L Sotinkumar Singh said that few MLAs from Congress party were instigated by BJP to gain power politics in the state and as a consequence of the latter party’s political drama, 13 seats are lying vacant out of the total 60 seats in Manipur Legislative Assembly.

He further said that playing third level politics during the time period of COVID-19 is very unfortunate. Now, the election commission had already charted out the plan to hold the election in the month of November following strict SOPs of COVID-19, he added.

Concerning the consistent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the government and election commission should postpone the upcoming election, said Sotinkumar while adding that various civil voluntary organisations have also been urging the authority concerned not to conduct the by-election.

If the state government carries out the election by sidelining the demand of the CVOs and MSC/CPI, a strong campaign will be launched and no representative of CPI will contest in the election, he warned.

First Published:Sept. 8, 2020, 9:38 p.m.