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Change of guards in Cong likely
Dimapur, Aug 2 (NPN):
Published on 2 Aug. 2009 11:58 PM IST
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Another change of guard appears to be on the anvil within the Congress party in Nagaland, which insiders say, has been simmering despite the change in CLP leadership and appointment of the new NPCC president in the post 2008 election. According to sources within the Congress, the power struggle had not subsided after Chingwang Konyak replaced I.Imkong as CLP leader and the K.V.Pusa appointed as the new NPCC president. The sources said both the CLP and NPCC leaders should had resigned owing moral responsibility for the worst ever performance of the party in the recently held Lok Sabha elections when its candidate Asungba Sangtam lost by the highest margin in the country. The quandary within the Congress worsened after four of its MLAs resigned and defected to the NPF and got reelected in the by elections, reducing the party’s strength from 23 to 19 while the strength of the NPF rose from 26 to 30 in the current house. Allegations of intra-party bickering and divisions were the chorus of the four former MLAs who resigned from the party. The rank and file of the party appear to be in favour of changes in the CLP and NPCC and this has led to formation of lobbies. According to party sources, both CLP leader Chingwang Konyak and NPCC president K.V.Pusa are to be replaced. They said the changes are expected to be made by August 4 after the AICC general secretary Narayanan Swamy and another AICC secretary land in Dimapur. Names that are doing the rounds include- K.L.Chishi as CLP leader and I.Imkong as NPCC president. Sources also disclosed that Chingwang Konyak and K. V. Pusa have however recommended two others for the posts though the final decision would rest after the AICC office bearers meet with the rank and file of the Congress party. Even as the Congress party in the state appears to be grounded by differences among its leaders, the speculations of a possible NPF-Congress coalition has emerged. Though the issue has not been openly talked about except for speculations, Congress sources disclosed that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s recent poser on the Congress delegation was startling. The Prime Minister had reportedly sought the opinion of the Congress delegation that met him in New Delhi recently, on the likelihood of Neiphiu Rio rejoining the party.

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