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Consensus over MPCC president election
Correspondent IMPHAL, SEPT 12:
Published on 12 Sep. 2010 11:34 PM IST
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Congress election observer Sanjay Dandalika, camping in Imphal was struggling to find a consensus candidate for the post of president Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).
Sanjay, a member of the Central Election Committee, was reportedly sent to oversee election process to the post of MPCC president. The election observer held closed-door meetings with the incumbent president of Gaikhangam and chief minister yesterday.
Sanjay told reporters that Congress believes in democracy and as such election to the post of president of the party will surely be held as part of its democratic practice even though he refused to divulge what was transpired in the meeting with the MPCC chief and chief minister separately.
Today, the election observer held meetings with two MPs from Manipur, Rishang Keishing (member of Rajya Sabha) and Thangso Baite (outer Manipur MP) separately at Congress Bhavan before interacting with the district level presidents and other electorates of the MPCC.
A source closed to the party said that he was trying to convince electorates to bring a consensus before filing nomination for candidatures for the election.
It may be mentioned that differences surfaced in the Congress rank and file when some of the electorates projected MLA E Dwijamani who was currently holding the post of chairman of the Manipur Pollution Control Board as MPCC president for the next tenure while others wanted Gaikhangam to retain the post for another term.
Most of the Congress rank and file, most importantly chief minister, O Ibobi Singh, wanted to retain Gaikhangam for the sake of his stable government. Gaikhangam was among the contenders of chief minister’s post and was backed by many MLAs.

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