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CLP leadership issue hits Cong
Correspondent Kohima, Dec 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Dec. 2009 1:09 AM IST
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Opposition Congress party is reported to be facing yet another leadership crisis, the plan to change its Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader. Congress which has 19 legislators in the present 60 member-legislative assembly, urged the party high command for a change in leadership in Congress Legislature Party, party sources said. Congress High command from centre has dispatched two senior Congress party leaders to Nagaland- V. Naranayanasamy, minister of state for palling and parliamentary affairs and general secretary AICC in-charge of Nagaland to take stock of the situation in the Congress fold beginning from Monday. The union minister held hectic parleys with the state Congress leadership including legislators in the state capital during the last two days. Sources said that out of the 19 Congress legislatures, 13 of them have signed the representation demanding a change in leadership and projecting the name of Tokheho Yepthomi MLA as the next CLP leader. Demand for change in CLP leadership appears to have gripped the Congress following its failure to return to power after the 2003 election and later resurged after the second consecutive defeat in the 2008 assembly elections.Though I.Imkong was relected CLP leader by the party high command, the move did not mollify other contenders. It may be recalled on June 10, 2008, veteran Congress leader and MLA from 46th Mon Assembly Constituency (AC) Chingwang Konyak was unanimously elected as the CLP leader. Demand for replacement of current CLP leader Chingwang comes after the recent defection of four MLAs to the ruling NPF.

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