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Sungit front runner for top NPCC post

S I Jamir along with some of his supporters at his residence in Dimapur on Saturday. (Pradeep Pareek)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Oct. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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S.I. Jamir appears to be emerging as the clear winner in the October 6 election for the post of president of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee, if head count evident today serves as an indication.
A total of 47 members of the PCC electoral college out of the total of 81(one member is indisposed) were shown to media persons here at the residence S.I. Jamir Saturday evening.
Sungit earlier claimed he has a written undertaking from five other members that they would vote for him, thereby taking his total support to 52 members including 14 out of 19 MLAs.
One of the PCC members told this reporter, that they went to Delhi to appraise the ground reality to the AICC chairman election authority, Oscar Fernandes. On return, they went for a sightseeing trip to Cherrapunji, they said.
Addressing media persons, front runner for the post of NPCC president, S.I. Jamir asserted that all the 47 members went up to Delhi to physically prove majority before the AICC.
Another senior leader disclosed that the opposite camp wanted to further delay the election as a strategy to remain in office to frustrate the majority and then engineer defections. However, he said the AICC high command decided to hold early election to resolve the issue.
The source said the high command had clearly understood the situation in Nagaland and also wanted to prevent the crisis from taking a serious turn.
Sungit renewed the allegation that his supporters continued to receive threatening SMS as well as calls during the past few days.
MLA Kheto Kinimi who was also present, dismissed outright, interim NPCC president I. Imkong’s allegation that PCC members were kept under illegal confinement by S.I. Jamir’s supporters as “baseless rumours”. Kheto further squarely blamed I. Imkong for all the current mess in the party. Kheto said, Imkong himself tried to woo some of Sungit’s supporters with lure of money. “All the allegations are rumours and I. Imkong is playing his last card” Kheto said.
Meanwhile talking to this reporter, S.I. Jamir acknowledged that the crisis within the party was unfortunate and said his priority would be to streamline the party after the election. Sungit was optimistic that all party members would close ranks after the elections.

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