IMPHAL, June 20: The ongoing tit-for-tat row in the State Trinamool Congress has only worsened with supporters of the different leaders joining in.
While, the Thangmeiband Block Trinamool Congress Committee announced that it is seeking Joykishan’s disqualification from the 10th Manipur Legislative Assembly, Thangmeiband Trinamool Congress Mahila Committee was quick to retort that it was taken up at the behest of rival president, Th Shyamkumar.
The mahila committee publicity secretary claimed today that Andro MLA Thounoujam Shyamkumar had been begging for help from the Thangmeiband Block Congress Committee just to strengthen his position.
She was speaking at a press conference at the Manipur Press Club today.
Earlier in the day, general secretary of the Thangmeiband Block Trinamool Congress Committee Waikhom Nganglentombi had claimed that the committee has made a written submission to the Speaker seeking disqualification of MLA Khumukcham Joykishan from being a Member of the Manipur Legislative Assembly under paragraph/provision 2(1) (a) of the tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
Speaking to the media during a press conference at the party’s Moirangkhom office, he had said that Khumukcham Joykishan was elected from the Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency with an All India Trinamool Congress ticket.
Today’s press conference was called to announce newly elected State executive members of the party and their posts at the party office at Moirangkhom.
Nganglentombi said Joykishan was elected on the hope that he would work for the interest of the public and the party. However, in total contrast to the belief, he had recently announced for his own benefit that he was not related to the All India Trinamool Congress which is an act of betraying the workers of the constituency’s party workers, he charged.
He said Joykishan has amended the party’s constitution without any authority in a whimsical manner challenging the party.
Joykishan’s act as published in the local dailies over the past few weeks are anti-party, he alleged before continuing that AITC general secretary Mukul Roy had appointed Th Shyamkumar as the party president on June 2, 2014.
Citing that Joykishan’s act is a clear violation of the party and the duly appointed party president, Nganglentombi said Joykishan’s act amounts to defection from his original party.
This new party is not subordinate or under the umbrella of AITC, he said.
During today’s meeting, Shyamkumar appointed Th Bishwanath Singh as Youth Front Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress Committee president, S Dollendro Singh as vice-president, Oinam Romen Singh and M Merachandra Sharma as general secretaries.
While, N Promodini was elected as the president of Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Mahila Congress Committee and Ksh Babita as the vice-president respectively.
Shyamkumar said that today 15 active new members of Trinamool have newly enrolled from the primary members. Recently, Trinamool Congress has extended block Trinamool congress committee at Thangmeiband A/C, and there will be more block committee, he said.
On the other hand, the mahila committee of the same block called a press conference claiming that Th Shyamkumar trying to show his strength has only presented Thangmeiband Block Congress Committee workers including a cousin of Congress candidate Waikhom Jotin.
Publicity Secretary Sundary Loitongbam, declared that the Thangmeiband Trinamool Congress Committee still exists under the leadership of Khumukcham Joykishan.
“The three new members enrolled by Th Shyamkumar without informing the Thangmeiband committee are all fakes and active Congress Workers, which is very unfortunate,” she alleged.
W Nganglentomba is the brother of W Jotin, while Somorjit Senjam is Jotin’s personnel bodyguard, she claimed while declaring that Shyamkumar has created much confusion among the people of the constituency.
The members who have been enrolled as executive members by Shyamkumar including Ng Ibouyaima, L Gopal and Sarungbam Rajen are unaware of the development, Sundari continued while asserting that the Andro MLA was expelled from the MPP after he was found campaigning for the Congress candidate instead of the party’s.
Sarungbam Rajen who claimed he is one of those enrolled by Shyamkumar claimed that he was surprise to learn that he had been enrolled to the party this morning.
He further sought clarification in this regard within three days, and threatened to file a case against Shyamkumar and his party otherwise.