Kaiku determined to come back stronger with plans to join regional party
Noted Manipuri film actor Rajkumar Somedro, who contested in the 17th Lok Sabha poll from inner Manipur seat as an independent candidate, is determined to come back stronger in the next election.
Fighting the elections as an independent candidate against candidates with colossal backings of their respective political parties was tough, said Somendro during a press meet held today at Manipur Press Club.
Speaking to media persons, the candidate who is also popularly known as Kaiku said that the little number of votes he secured in the election compared to other candidates, are genuine votes, which cannot be exchanged with cash or kind. As such, he said that he does not consider himself defeated. “It is indeed a victory for me, a first timer in the vast arena of Indian democracy, to be able to win the hearts of people who don’t sell their voting rights,” he added.
Kaiku secured a total of 81,634 votes out of total 7, 59,301 electors in inner Manipur constituency that exercised their franchise in the recently concluded general election.
Looking up to Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate Dr. Moirangthem Nara, he observed that those who voted and supported Nara are also justice loving people. He maintained that there are still some people who believe in the principles of democracy.
The independent candidate also admitted that he, being a first timer and inexperienced, faced various difficulties while chalking out strategies along with his supporters for the election.
Contesting from a political party would have made the task a little less difficult, he stated while disclosing that he has plans to join a regional party but is undecided as to when and which party to join as of now.
Kaiku reiterated that his intention was to serve the whole state, both hills and valley alike and not his constituency alone. As such, he intimated that he will continue his political career in parliamentary election and not state assembly election.
He also cleared the speculations of people, of him quitting the film industry after being defeated in the election. He said that he would continue to act in films and serve the people in his ablest way.
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