IMPHAL, Sept 21 � With the by-election to Hiyanglam Assembly constituency barely a month away, political parties have stepped up their poll campaigns. Hectic consultations are also on in the parties to finalise their candidates.
Manipur People�s Party (MPP) has already named Mayengbam Amutombi, who lost in the last Assembly poll, as their candidate. Maibam Dhanabir, son of former Hiyanglam MLA late Maibam Kunjo, is likely to get the party ticket from BJP though there are two other aspirants.
Elangbam Dwijamani, who unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly election, was the lone Congress party ticket seeker for the forthcoming by-poll.
CPI has made it clear that they would not field any candidate in the by-election. Political observers are speculating a close fight between BJP and Congress in the bypoll.
Hiyanglam seat fell vacant following the death of sitting MLA Maibam Kunjo of Trinamool Congress on August 11 this year.