Insurgent Groups Allegedly Write To Amit Shah Seeking Ticket, Manipur BJP Leader Dismisses ‘Fake Letter’

Polling in Manipur will be held in two phases
Polling in Manipur will be held in two phases

Guwahati, March 10, 2019

Two militant groups in Manipur – Zomi Re-unification Organisation (ZRO) and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) – have allegedly written to BJP president Amit Shah seeking the party’s ticket for their favoured candidate in the Outer Manipur parliamentary seat.

In separate letters to Shah, ZRO and KNO allegedly sought BJP’s ticket for HS Benjamin Mate who is a vice president of BJP’s Manipur unit, as reported in The New Indian Express on March 10th, 2019.

It may be mentioned that both KRO and KNO are Chin-Kuki (tribe) rebel groups. Both the groups are in a peace mode following their signing of “suspension of operation” agreement with the government.

However, Mate dismissed the “fake letter of recommendation”. ” The fake letter of recommendation of both the organisations has been circulated on social media since the past few days. And it has been clarified as fake by the organisations and myself. This fake letter of recommendation is suspected to be the handiwork of some vested interest groups to tarnish my image and assassinate my political career,” said Mate to TIME8.

Clarification letter by HS Benjamin Mate
Clarification letter by HS Benjamin Mate: TIME8

Both KRO and KNO are Chin-Kuki (tribe) rebel groups. Both the groups are in a peace mode following their signing of “suspension of operation” agreement with the government.

The Lok Sabha polls in the eight northeastern states will be held in three phases in April – 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019.  While polling in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim will be held in a single phase, polling in Manipur and Tripura will be held in two phases and polling in Assam will be held in three phases.

The number of polling stations has increased from 9 lakh to 10 lakh. Elections will be held for 543 seats of the Lok Sabha across the country. The votes will be counted on May 23rd, 2019.