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Crisis within Mnp NPP as state unit and national prez at loggerheads

Correspondent IMPHAL, SEP 15 | Publish Date: 9/15/2020 1:05:29 PM IST

The crisis within the Manipur unit of National People’s Party (NPP), took a new turn on Tuesday after Thangminlien Kipgen who claimed to have been re-elected as president of the state unit accused its national president Conrad K Sangma of trying to “coup d’etat the party from the soil of Manipur.” NPP is of the major partners of the BJP-led coalition government.

The crisis within the party surfaced after Sangma expelled Thangminlien for going against the party’s constitution.  Sangma appointed N Kayisii, one of the 4 NPP minister in the ruling coalition, as interim president of the state unit of the party in Thangminlien Kipgen.

In response to Sangma’s action, Kipgen expelled N Kayisii from primary membership of the party accusing him of indulging in anti-party activities.

It may be mentioned that Sangma was on a two-day visit in the state on September 13 last and had re-affirmed the expulsion of Kipgen from the party for going against the party constitution.

Reacting to Sangma’s statement, Kipgen alleged Conrad Sangma of trying to put his late father PA Sangma’s name as founder of the party.

“Sangma is trying to coup d’etat National People’s Party from the soil of Manipur to put his late father PA Sangma as the founder of NPP,” Kipgen accused Conrad Sangma.

Recalling the birth of the party, he said that the NPP unit of Manipur was founded in the year 1989 with K Brajamani Dev Sharma as founder president, Thangkholet Kipgen as founder vice-president and L Shital as founder general secretary.

Not only winning the elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly in 1990, 1995, 2007 and 2017, some MLAs of the party had even ministers.

However, Election Commission of India (ECI) derecognised the party for not fulfilling the minimum requirement of being a political party in 2012, Kipgen added.

It was after the party re-opened its account in the 2007 general elections to the Manipur Legislative Assembly by winning three out of five candidates fielded, that  the ECI recognised NPP as a state party in Manipur on May 5, 2017.

Kipgen said that late PA Sangma, who is said to be the founder of the National People’s Party, joined the party after the then NPP leaders accepted a request from the former Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader to join the party.

Accordingly, all the NCP MLAs in Meghalaya and party organisation leaders and workers under his leadership merged into NPP in August, 2012 at Shillong, Meghalaya, Kipgen said in a press statement.

Later, PA Sangma led the party as national president from September 15, 2012 and expanded the party across the country. Under his PA Sangma’s dynamic leadership, the party opened its account by winning four seats in the Rajasthan Assembly in 2013 and two MLAs in Meghalaya Assembly in the same year, Kipgen said.

On the latest amendment to the party constitution frequently referred to by Conrad Sangma, Kipgen alleged that there was no amendment in the party constitution.

He said the draft amended constitution referred to was made available to either the NPP state unit office or ECI website till date, adding that quoting such articles from the amended constitution was not justified.

There was no question of going against the party constitution after being re-elected as president of the party’s Manipur unit, he claimed, adding that presidential election of NPP Manipur state unit was held as per schedule under Article number 22 of the party constitution and after wide publication in leading local dailies on August 18, 2020 with intimation to the ECI.

Kipgen said he was elected unopposed as president of the state unit of the party , while alleging that NPP national president Conrad K Sangma’s DO letter dated August 14, 2020 clearly showed his intention of a coup d’etat of NPP Manipur unit.

 

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