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Manipur polls 2022: CM Biren files nomination from stronghold Heingang

The Chief Minister also wished success to all the BJP candidates in the Assembly polls on February 27 and March 3. 

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Imphal: Firebrand BJP leader and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh Saturday filed his nomination papers from the Heingang Assembly constituency for the upcoming Manipur Assembly election 2022. The Chief Minister was accompanied by State BJP president A Sharda Devi.

Biren said, “It gives me immense pleasure to file the nomination as the BJP candidate from Heingang AC at the office of Returning Officer.”

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The Chief Minister also wished success to all the BJP candidates in the Assembly polls on February 27 and March 3. 

Turning to politics in 2002, Biren joined the Democratic Revolutionary People’s Party and won the assembly elections from Heingang. He retained the seat in 2007 contesting with an Indian National Congress ticket after joining the party in 2003. Serving as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, he quit the party in 2016 before joining the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2017, he retained his seat from Heingang again and was named the Chief Minister after his party gained coalition and formed the government. 

Biren began his career as a footballer and got recruited in the Border Security Forces (BSF) playing for its team. He resigned from the BSF and turned to journalism. He began the vernacular daily Naharolgi Thoudang in 1992 and worked as the editor till 2001.

The Chief Minister will be contesting  against his nearest rival and Congress candidate Pangeijam Saratchandra Singh. 

Earlier, Biren termed the manifesto of Congress party as ‘impractical’.

Speaking to media persons after filing his nomination, the Chief Minister said, “ A  manifesto should be practical. It should not be mere  propaganda. Bluffing has nothing to do with the people.”

He further informed that his party will publish its manifesto at the earliest, but will be very ‘practical’.

Congress has promised revocation of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from Manipur if it comes to power after the assembly election. 

The Congress party has given the promise of repealing the Act in its manifesto along with 30 other promises.   With agency inputs

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