The list included the familiar faces of the Congress along with some fresh faces. Candidates for Khurai, Thangmeiband, Sagolband, Keishamthong, Yaiskul, Wangkhei assembly constituencies, amongst others were not in the list.
The Indian National Congress on Saturday announced its candidates for 40 assembly constituencies, including two women, for the ensuing election to the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.
The list of candidates selected by the Central Election Committee of Congress included all the remaining MLAs of the party for their respective constituencies. Congress is fielding fresh faces in some of the constituencies since many of its leaders have steadily jumped ship since the last election held in 2017.
The familiar faces of Congress leaders including former chief minister O Ibobi Singh (Thoubal AC), Khundrakpam AC – Thokchom Lokeshwar Singh; Kshetrigao AC – Mohammed Amin Shah; Singjamei AC – Irengbam Hemochandra Singh; Patsoi AC – Akoijam Miraibai Devi; Langthabal – Okram Joy Singh; Wangoi AC – Salam Joy Singh; Mayang Imphal AC – Kh Ratankumar Singh; Nambol AC – Nameirakpam Loken Singh; Wangkhem AC – Keisham Meghachandra Singh; Heirok AC – Moirangthem Okendro; Wangjing Tentha AC – M. Hemanta Singh; Khangabok AC – Surjakumar Okram; Wabagai AC – Md. Fajur Rahim; Sugnu AC – Kangujam Ranjit Singh; Phungyar (ST) AC – Victor Keishing; Ukhrul (ST) AC – Alfred Kanngam S. Arthur; Chingai (ST) AC – Sword Vashum; Karong (ST) – DD Thaisii; Nungba (ST) AC – Gaikhangam; Henglep (ST) AC – T Manga Vaiphei; Saikot (ST) AC – TN Haokip, have been fielded by the grand old party.
Former school principal Pangeijam Saratchandra Singh has been fielded against chief minister N Biren Singh in the Heingang AC.
The other candidates included: Thongju AC – Seram Neeken Singh; Keirao AC – Thongram Tony Meitei; Andro AC – Keisham Ningthemjao Singh; Lamlai AC – Achoibam Deben Singh; Uripok AC – Nungleppam Mahananda Singh; Lamsang AC – Likmabam Manibabu Singh; Konthoujam AC – Laishram Nando Singh; Naoriya Pakhanglakpa AC – Soraisham Manaoton Singh; Oinam AC – Thokchom Ithoibi Devi; Kumbi AC – Khangembam Romesh Singh; Lilong AC – Syed Anwar Hussain; Kakching AC – Kshetrimayum Kennedy Singh; Hiyanglam AC – Huidrom Jiten Singh; Saikul (ST) – Lingkhim Haokip; Saitu (ST) AC – Lamtinthang Haokip; Tamei (ST) – GN Kumuiteung (Dr. Aku); Singhat (ST) AC – Tuankhan Kiamlo Hangzo.
The remaining assembly constituencies for which candidates have not been announced included — Khurai, Thangmeiband, Sagolband, Keishamthong, Yaiskul, Wangkhei, Sekmai, Bishnupur, Moirang, Thanga, Jiribam, Chandel, Tengnoupal, Mao, Tadubi, Kangpokpi, Tamenglong, Tipaimuk, Thanlon, and Churachandpur.
38 assembly constituencies will vote in the first phase on February 27 and in 22 seats in the second phase on March 3.
Khundrakpam, Heingang, Khurai, Khetrigao, Thongju, Keirao, Andro, Lamlai, Thangmeiband, Uripok, Sagolband, Keisamthong, Singjamei, Yaiskul, Wangkhei, Sekmai (SC), Lamsang, Konthoujam, Patsoi, Langthabal, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa, Wangoi, Mayang Imphal, Nambol, Oinam, Bishenpur, Moirang, Thanga, Kumbi, Saikul (ST), Kangpokpi, Saitu (ST), Tipaimukh (ST), Thanlon (ST), Henglep (ST), Churachandpur (ST), Saikot (ST), and Singhat (ST).
Lilong, Thoubal, Wangkhem, Heirok, Wangjing Tentha, Khangabo, Wabgai, Kakching, Hiyanglam, Sugnoo, Jiribam, Chandel (ST), Tengnoupal (ST), Phungyar (ST), Ukhrul (ST), Chingai (ST), Karong (ST), Mao (ST), Tadubi (ST), Tamei (ST), Tamenglong (ST), and Nungba (ST).