IMPHAL, July 7: The Bharatiya Janata Party Manipur Pradesh in a statement issued by its general secretary, Th. Shyamo Singh, has refuted the report of the resignation of Henry Paote from the party published in some local dailies stating it as false and baseless.
The statement contended that Henry Paote is not enrolled as a member of the party for this existing term of 2009-2010. He was a member of the party in the previous term but his membership has not been renewed for the current term. As per provision of the party constitution, membership of a person ceases to exist if his membership is not renewed before the expiring of the term, and further added that consequent upon the non-renewal of his membership of the party he is no longer a member of the party.
It said that the press statement published in various local dailies has misled the public.
While terming the statement as unfortunate for a veteran like Paote who was one time a member of the Manipur legislative Assembly to issue such a statement and asserted that the move is a well plan political motivation to downgrade the reputation of the party in the state.