Imphal: According to preliminary reports
266 candidates have filed nomination papers for the 60-member
Manipur assembly polls on January 28 but the final count could
be reached only after getting details from interior hill
districts, election office sources said today.
Yesterday was the last date of filing nomination
papers and scrutiny would be done today. The date of
withdrawal was slated on January 14 next.
The exact number of candidates would be known only
after scrutiny and compiling reports from returning officers
posted in the interior areas, the election office said.
Ruling Congress has fielded candidates in all the 60
constituencies including Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, party
President Gaikhangam and most of the ministers in the present
government, sources said.
People`s Democratic Front (formed by Manipur People`s
Party, NCP, Janata Dal (U), CPI(M) and state unit of Rashtraya
Janata Dal) nominated candidates in all the constituencies.
The other major parties having fielded their
candidates were BJP, Trinamool Congress, Manipur State
Congress Party and others, sources said.
Meanwhile more than 102 companies out of 350 companies
including 280 central para military forces have arrived here.
The other forces included armed police and security
personnel from neighbouring states of Assam, Tripura, Mizoram,