Battle between Manipur CM`s kin, cabinet colleague

On paper, the prestigious Wangkhei assembly constituency in the heart of Manipur capital will witness a multi-cornered contest.

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2012, 18:34 PM IST

Imphal: On paper, the prestigious Wangkhei assembly constituency in the heart of Manipur capital will witness a multi-cornered contest but all eyes will be on the interesting fight between senior minister Y Erabot Singh and Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh`s nephew Henry Okram.
Erabot, known for his differences with the chief
minister, is expecting a smooth run in his home constituency
but Ibobi Singh has made the battle interesting by getting his
young nephew Henry, a political novice, into the fray.

Henry is contesting as a Manipur State Congress Party
(MSCP) candidate against his formidable opponent who is the
senior-most minister in the Ibobi Singh cabinet.

Erabot is an extremely popular figure known from his
flamboyance which he showed during the recent economic
blockade when he travelled to national highway 53 without
police protection and escorted a fleet of trucks carrying
essentials back to Imphal.

The others in the fray are Moiranthem Prafullo Singh of
NCP and Haobam Borbabu Singh of BJP.
Erabot is one of the few Congress leaders who have
campaigned with only four personal guards despite militants`
threat and concentrated on door-to-door campaign.

"I am not scared of the ultras and my only aim is to
develop not only my constituency but the entire state," Erabot
says.

"Erabot is known for his differences with the chief
minister which might be a positive factor for him", says a
Congress worker requesting anonymity.

Like many constituencies in Manipur, Wangkhei too has
predominantly women voters: 142,355 women against 139,241
men voters.

PTI