The Manipur Congress finds another cause for worry ahead of the January 28 Assembly elections.
Soon after all non-Congress parties in the state decided to form an alliance against the ruling party,a group of underground militant bodies has decided to declare a ban on it. The coordination committee of seven underground militant groups in Manipur issued a directive late on Wednesday night saying it would not allow any Congress candidate to contest polls and any voter to vote for the party.
The coordination committee comprises the Kangleipak Communist Party,Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup,Peoples Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK),PREPAK (Pro),Revolutionary Peoples Front,United National Liberation Front and United Peoples Party of Kangleipak.
The committee said: No individual should work as a Congress member or worker,no one should contest the elections as Congress candidate,no election camp for the Congress should be opened,no election rally should be organised by the Congress and no one should attend them,and no Congress flag should be hoisted in any household. Any individual in the state defying the directive would be suitably punished, said the committee.
On Thursday,the committee claimed responsibility for a number of small grenade explosions in Congress offices and residences. A hand grenade exploded at a polling camp of Congress at Singjamei Mayengbam Leikai on Wednesday night while a grenade was hurled at the residence of Congress MLA M Hemanta in Thoubal on Thursday.