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Chingwang deflects allegations of failure
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 13 (NPN)
Published on 14 Feb. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Clearing his stance on the accusation leveled against him from some quarters on the Congress party’s failure during the previous Lok Sabha elections and defection of the four Congress MLAs, former CLP leader Chingwang Konyak stated that it was unfortunate that such an allegation had come up. Chingwang, the only politician in the state to win the Lok Sabha election while being in the opposition, pointed out that the election debacles and defections have been persisting for the Congress party since the past few years under different leadership and expressed his resentment on being singled out for the same. While at the same time, he affirmed that the blame game did not prevail even during the 2004 Lok Sabha elections though the Congress candidate was defeated very badly. He asserted that it was the electorate who chooses the candidates from a ruling party and also rued that ‘immediate needs’ were preferred rather than the capability of a person by them. Chingwang disclosed that he had informed the party leadership during the last Lok Sabha elections that winning was an uphill task with the party in opposition. When asked about the reason for the defeat of the Congress candidate K Asungba Sangtam during the last Lok Sabha election by a huge margin, Chingwang asserted that even the total electorate of the state has also increased by a huge margin. He also blamed the opposition party for luring away some of the party workers and voters with ‘short term gains’. While on the defection of four MLAs, the former CLP leader stated that for new comers it was very difficult to ‘survive’ by sitting in the opposition bench Elaborating on how he became the CLP leader, Chingwang informed that the onus of the leadership was given to him last year even though his name was proposed to the high command for the post of PCC president. He also disclosed that he had informed the party leaders that toppling the Rio was not possible immediately unless there was a split with the DAN government. While at the same he averred that getting the people’s mandate and playing the role of a constructive opposition was what he had emphasized upon. Downplaying any bickering among the party leadership, Chingwang affirmed that he and present PCC president Imkong had worked together unitedly even after the state assembly election debacle of the Congress party in 2003. Stressing on the strong anti-defection law and various other factors, the former CLP leader stated that toppling the Rio led DAN government was not so easy as one thought and that the assumption of toppling the government with change in leadership within the party was a wrong notion. However he also clarified that the appointment of CLP leader was justified as majority of the Congress MLAs wanted him and which was applicable in a democratic setup. Without displaying any doubt, Chingwang asserted that the new team will certainly do better and wished them success.

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