Rift widens within the State Trinamool Congress

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Shyamkumar is one man army: Joykishan

IMPHAL, June 7: The presidential post of Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress cannot merely be appointed by Derek O’ Brian, who is simply a Rajya Sabha MP and who does not hold charge of the Northeast in the party, said Kh Joykishan, president of another camp within the state Trinamool Congress.

Speaking to media at his Khuyathong residence today, Joykishan clarified the claim of presidential post made by “one man army” MLA Th Shyamkumar as contradictory.

Joykishan said he was selected as party president by the executive members of the State Trinamool on May 21, 2014. His selection as president was endorsed by a general body meeting of the party held on May 27, 2014, he said.

Joykishan continued that he was unanimously elected as president after the former party Kim Gangte had formally handed over the charge of president of MPTC to him on June 4 2014.

However, to utter dismay of the party MLAs and the whole rank and file of the party, Th Shyamkumar Singh has declared himself to be the president of the MPTC on the basis of a fax message signed by Derek O’ Brien, he said.

It is very unfortunate that till now such message or letter has not been received by any Trinamool Congress executive members. And the massage sent to Shyamkumar was on a simple paper not under the party letter head too, claimed Joykishan.

He added that Derek O’ Brien is just a spokesperson of the party in the centre after being nominated as MP of Rajya Sabha. There is no formal report from the centre that Derek O’ Brien is holding any charge of Northeast so far. So Shyamkumar’s appointment as president by Derek O’ Brien is bogus, he claimed.

Joykishan also maintained that the proceedings of his selection as the party president have already been sent to party high command, Mamata Banerjee by State senior member of the party MLA Maibam Kunjo. He said an inquiry will be conducted to bring out the facts related with the counter claims made by the other camp, and anyone found guilty will face disciplinary action.

Vice-president of the party Th Bishwajit MLA Thongju has clarified the news of executive members inducted by the Th Shyamkumar in his group as baseless. The executive members have no knowledge about it and they are still in Trinamool Congress, he claimed.

Still we have our own district and block leaders without any change. They will continue in their previous posts as before, he added and they are ready for any fresh poll for the president’s post.

Regarding the present situation inside the party we have plans to go to Kolkata to meet Mamata Banerjee within these few days, and urge her to organise a convention of the party in the State, Bishwajit said.

It may be recalled that there has been a tussle for the post of president within the state Triamool Congress, with three camps led by MLA Th Shyamkumar, MLA Kh Joykishan and Former MP Kim Gangte.

 

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