12 Manipur Cong MLAs quit party posts on moral ground

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 29 | Publish Date: 5/29/2019 11:00:46 AM IST

Taking moral responsibility of the poll debacle, 12 legislators of the Manipur Congress tendered resignation from their respective party posts on Wednesday.

Five of the 12 legislators tendered their resignation from the post of vice president of MPCC (Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee). They were; L Loken, Kh Joykishan, Md Abdul Nasir, DD Thaisii and Chaltonlien Amo.

Others who resigned from their party posts were chief whip Govindas Konthoujam ; treasurer, K Ranjit; general secretary, Alfred Kanggam Arthur; secretary of Congress Legislators’ Party (CLP) DK Korungthang;  general secretaries  RK Imo and K Meghachandra ; and chairman of minority cell of MPCC Fazur Rahim.

As disclosed by the 12 MLAs, the  resignations were tendered  on moral ground after the party failed to retain the two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur in the recently concluded elections.

The MLAs addressed a news conference at Imphal Congress Bhavan after they submitted their resignation letters to the MPCC president Gaikhangam.

Govindas Konthoujam who resigned as chief whip said, “We decided to resign taking moral responsibility of the poll debacle and considering the need for strengthening the party at the grassroots level. ” 

In the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Congress lost both the seats.

The party lost the seats to BJP and NPF, the ruling partners of the N Biren Singh led coalition government. BJP won the Inner seat while the Outer seat went to NPF.

The MLAs decided to resign with the sole objective of strengthening the party by working at the grassroots level, Konthoujam said. 

“If we are relieved from the party posts at the state level, then we can work at the grassroots level as the party needs re-organisation at the local level,” he said.

The MLAs denied rumours on social media that they left the party to join the BJP which is in power in both at the Centre and state.

“So far there is no difference among the party MLAs. We have no intention of joining the BJP,” Govindas said, claiming that they were working in unison and will remain united. 

Asserting that the Congress has lost eight out of 28 MLAs, he said that the eight had left the party only for their personal gain and the remaining 20 will not follow their suit at any circumstance.

Govindas asserted that the need of the hour was to strengthen the party at the local level which they observed weakened after the poll debacle.

Considering the sensitive issues before the people of the state, there was the need for a strong opposition party in the state. 

According to the senior state Congress leader, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), border issue (dispute at Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar border, framework agreement etc. are  sensitive issues for  which people will need a strong opposition party.

The resurfacing controversy over applicability of ceasefire agreement and framework agreement which the Centre signed with the NSCN(IM) was another sensitive issue that was heating up in the state, Govindas said.

At this juncture, Congress leaders, workers and most importantly legislators needed to remain united and work in accordance with the pulse of the people, Govindas observed. BJP had promised bringing back CAB and was likely to bring it back in the Parliament in June or July of the current years. At this point of time, Congress has to stand united, he said.

MLA Kh Joykishan who was among the vice presidents who tendered their resignation said   keeping party legislators intact was needed in the interest of the people of the state, adding that as the BJP was sure to bring back CAB, there was the need for mobilising party workers at the local level. The recently resurfaced controversy over applicability of ceasefire and framework agreements in the state was another sensitive issue that people will need a strong opposition party, he added.

Other MLAs who tendered their resignation from their respective of MPCC and some other MLAs and party leaders also attended the press conference.

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