MSCP MLAs formally join Congress

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INC workers protested against Imo’s induction

IMPHAL, April 3: The five incumbent MLAs of the Manipur State Congress Party (MSCP) were inducted into the Indian National Congress (INC) on Thursday.

The five MLAs: RK Imo of Sagolband, P Brogendro of Wangjing-Tentha, Nemcha Kipgen of Kangpokpi, Karam Thamarjit of Keirao and Janghemglung Panmei of Tamenglong, along with the MSCP president Y Mangi, working president Devbarta and other MSCP active workers joined India’s Grand Old Party.

Around 10 am on Thursday, MSCP members reached the Congress Bhawan to proceed with the merger of their party with the Congress.

In  the meantime, some Sagolband block Congress committee women workers enter the Bhawan and scatter leaflets condemning the induction of Sagolband MLA RK Imo where the Congress candidate in the last assembly election Kh Loken is still politically active.  The police stopped the women workers and were dispersed by a team led by Deputy Commandant Yengkhom Victoria  of the 7th IRB out of the Congress Bhawan. The leaflets contain the slogan “we protest the merger of MSCP to INC Manipur”.  The protesters stayed in front of the Johnstone Higher Secondary School opposite the Congress Bhawan.

Sagolband Block Congress Committee Youth president Jayentakumar said that they held a political meeting on Wednesday where the Congress leaders didn’t agree with the merger and the sudden change in their attitude is unfortunate.

The Sagolband Block Congress Committee has 90 percent chances of being dissolved now.

Meanwhile, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Gaikhangam announced that all MSCP members along with the five MLAs of MSCP have officially joined the party.

He said that the party was honoured that they have become congress active workers from this day onwards.

Briefing the media about under which term and condition, the MSCP members have joined the Congress, he said that there was no condition in the wedding.

MSCP working president Devbrata said that the idea of merging with the Congress was initiated on January 12 last. The concrete decision was taken after the MSCP workers held serious discussions with the five MLAs.

He said that as MSCP observed a polarisation trend developing in the country with the BJP supported by strong fundamental groups and the third front giving priority only to some regions and issues of only some states.

MSCP is also a regional political party as part of the northeast regional frontier. We decided to merge to a strong party which believes in secularism and is moderate.

He said that we also originated from the Congress party some 15 years ago. MSCP is only merging with its party of origin. The merger is to face several challenges along with the Congress which have the same ideology, principal and priority without being divided into two separate parties.

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