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Defector to pay price in Cong party election
Correspondent KOHIMA, April 9(NPN)
Published on 9 Apr. 2010 11:56 PM IST
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Even as the State Congress party along with the rest of the country is going through a crucial juncture of electing new party leaders at all levels with new players who have defected from other political parties, the fate of the new entrant seems to be bleak due to the provision of the party constitution.
Under the provision of the Congress Party constitution Article V(A)(b)(i) and (ii), ‘a person who has been a member of the Congress for at least 3 years shall be eligible to be elected as a Delegate or an Office Bearer of any Congress Committee’. Such member shall have to deposit an amount of Rs.100 to be included in the list of eligible candidate. Once the name of a candidate at the unit level is accepted on receipt of Rs.100/-, they shall be eligible to contest upto the highest level without making any further payment. The constitution of the party perhaps seems to be a slash on their throat for many heavyweight leaders who are new entrants and aspiring to contest for the party leadership but either defected from other political parties or newly joined the party, according to highly placed party source. Perhaps, the ongoing exercise of the Congress party could be an eye opener for other political parties and particularly for the defectors.
It may be mentioned that the Congress party has started its exercise to elect party leaders from the village unit levels which is due to be completed this months which will be followed by election of party leaders at the District level and the Pradesh Congress Committee level which is due to be completed by the end of July this year.

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