IMPHAL, March 30 - With the finalisation of the number of contesting candidates for both Inner and Outer Manipur Parliamentary constituencies, hectic political activities have begun since the last few days in Manipur.
On Saturday, the Manipur unit of Trinamool Congress (TC) decided to go with the North East India Development Party (NEIDP), a regional party, in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls on April 11 and 18 next.
President in-charge of State unit of TC L Suresh, made an announcement in this regard at the party office here today.
Earlier, the NEIDP State unit approved the joining of the TC leaders from an Assembly constituency in Imphal East district in the party. The NEIDP has fielded two candidates � RK Anand and Ashan Kashar in Inner and Outer Manipur parliamentary constituencies.
Altogether 11 candidates are contesting the Inner seat while eight are vying for the Outer seat in Manipur. In 2014, Dr T Meinya and Thangso Baite, both Congress candidates won the seats.
Meanwhile, 24 BJP leaders including an ex-MLA, former autonomous district council chairman and members have joined the Congress party. A reception was organised at the Congress Bhavan here in the presence of Gaikhan-gam, president of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee and Congress Legislature Party leader O Ibobi Singh and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Ibobi said that Congress is the only party which can save Manipur and the nation.
In the meantime, an election meeting of the BJP candidate in Outer seat, Benjamin Mater was organised in Churachandpur district in which State Chief Minister N Biren Singh, BJP national leader Ram Madhav and others attended. On Friday, attending the flag hoisting ceremony of the candidate at Tengnoupal, Biren Singh had demanded a white paper on how and where the MP local area development funds were utilised by the previous regime.
On Friday, National People�s Party national president Conrad Sangma kicked off the party�s election campaign for its candidate Thangminlien Kipgen in Outer Manipur seat at Churachandpur town. Ex-MP Kim Gangte, who had resigned from BJP, was formally inducted into the party�s fold during the meeting.