IMPHAL, March 9 – Three women legislators who were elected for the first time to the Manipur Assembly since 1990s, are expected to raise gender grievances in the House.
“We will raise women issues besides working for a peaceful Manipur,” said AK Mirabai, Vice President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, who won from Patsoi seat in her third attempt.
The people’s verdict this time clearly showed that women should come forward and work for the economic development of the women, the 51- year-old Congress leader said while speaking to The Assam Tribune on the sideline of a reception function here today.
Mirabai, who joined Congress when she was just 22, was advised by the then late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to contest in elections.
Though she could not make it in the last two Assembly polls, she defeated her nearest rival and sitting MLA S Kunjakeswor of Trinamool by 5,547 votes this time.
Mirabai will be sharing Treasury bench seats with her senior colleague O Landhoni, wife of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, who retained her Khangabok seat. Landhoni, who defeated her nearest rival L Jatra of Manipur Peoples Party by a margin of 9,871 votes, expected development activities in the days to come.
Nemcha Kipgen, who was elected on a Manipur State Congress Party ticket from Kangpokpi seat, said from Kangpokpi that she contested to bring peace and harmony among all communities in the State besides eradicating corruption.
“The election result in my constituency shows women are not only the homemakers but also can take part in the decision making bodies,” Kipgen, who defeated Trinamool candidate Khadga Bahadur, who is said to be the poorest candidate among the 297 contestants in this election, by a margin of 443 votes.
Altogether 14 women candidates including 10 from four valley districts and four from five hill districts contested in the polls.