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Campaigning in hill constituencies strongest

In stark contrast to the low-key campaigning in the 40 constituencies in the valley, there is hectic electioneering in the 20 hill constituencies.



Imphal: Campaigning in the 20 hill
constituencies for the forthcoming elections to the 60-member
Assembly in Manipur has been at its peak, but it has not
picked up a similar fervour in other parts of the north
eastern state.

In stark contrast to the low-key campaigning in the 40
constituencies in the valley, there is hectic electioneering
in the 20 hill constituencies.

Colourful banners, public meetings, flag hoisting by
various political parties and community feasts have become a
feature of campaigning in the hill districts.

Lack of public rallies have become a feature in the 40
districts but in contrast several leaders including Nagaland
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, are on their campaign trail in the
hilly areas, including in the prestigious Ukhrul Assembly
seat.

In the Ukhrul constituency, Danny Shaija, a sitting
candidate who was an independent candidate in the last
elections, is now contesting on a BJP ticket and locked in a
multi-cornered contest against Alfred Kangam Arethur of the
Congress, Aleng AS Shimray of NCP and S Somatai of All India
Trinamool Congress.

At a recent public meeting in Tangkhul Naga Long ground
here, Rio urged people to support the Nagaland People`s
Front (NPF) backed independent candidates in the hilly
districts dominated by the Naga community.

"We will work for better governance and remove the
misunderstanding between the Manipuri and Naga communities",
he said.

PTI

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