Manipur NPP’s Kipgen group expels deputy CM from party

Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 16 | Publish Date: 9/16/2020 12:29:34 PM IST
The leadership crisis within the Manipur unit of National People’s Party (NPP) seems to have escalated as the state unit of the party led by Thangminlen Kipgen on Wednesday expelled deputy chief minister Y Joykumar from the party for six years.
The deputy chief minister is among four legislators of the NPP enjoying ministerial berths in the BJP-led coalition government in Manipur.
An order affecting the expulsion of the deputy chief minister was issued on Wednesday by state unit general secretary (admin) Thongkam Haokip.
“On the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee, NPP Manipur state unit, the president is pleased to expel Yumnam Joykumar Singh, MLA from the NPP Manipur for six years under constitution of the party,” the order stated. On his expulsion, Singh ceases to be a primary member of the party with immediate effect, it added.
Addressing a press conference, Thangminlen Kipgen who claimed to have been re-elected as president of the state unit of the party said the deputy chief minister was expelled from the party for indulging in anti-party activities.
The four NPP Ministers in the BJP led coalition are not concerned for strengthening the party as they never made any effort to enroll new members of the party, Kipgen said alleging Joykumar of misguiding party national president Conrad K Sangma to disintegrate the party. 
“Based on the party’s Disciplinary Committee, we have expelled him (Joykumar) from the party for six years,” he said.
Kipgen criticised all the four MLAs of the party for not being interested in party affairs. He said none of them was concerned about strengthening the party even as they were cabinet ministers in the BJP-led government.
Recalling how the four party MLAs joined the party, Kipgen said that they joined the party at the last minute after none of the political parties having offices in the state was ready to offer tickets to them to contest the 2017 general elections to the state Assembly.
Before joining the NPP, they had knocked at the doors of other political parties and fortunately they got elected. But after they became ministers, they forgot the party, he alleged. 
Kipgen also continued to attack the party’s national president Conrad K Sangma accusing him trying to take overall control of the party as if it was his family’s party.
Late PA Sangma, the father of the Meghalaya chief minister was not the founder of the NPP, but recognising the hard and tireless efforts of late PA Sangma in bringing the party at the national level, the post of national president was offered to his son Conrad K Sangma, Kipgen said.
However, Conrad Sangma was trying to mislead the people, claiming that the party was founded by his late father which would not be acceptable. 
“It is unfortunate and we can’t tolerate it,” he said.
Earlier, in a statement on Tuesday, Kipgen had accused Conrad K Sangma of trying to coup d’état party unit in Manipur.

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