IMPHAL, August 24: Giving another twist to the ongoing imbroglio within the Trinamool Congress party, Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykishan has challenged Andro MLA Th Shyamkumar to prove whether Manipur Pradesh Trinamool Congress is a new party or not.
Speaking to media this evening at his residence, Joykishan said Shyamkumar must give his reply within five days. He said that he is ready to resign voluntarily as MLA without going through the tribunal process if Shyamkumar can prove that MPTC is a new party and the MLAs, namely K Sarat, ThBiswajit, O Lukhoi and late M Kunjo are not MPTC members.
Joykishan further said that he got the disqualification notice from the Speaker on August 11 but at that time, he was out of station. Therefore he had sought time for hearing of the tribunal in the Assembly.
He continued that Shyamkumar has charged that MPTC is a newly formed party and it is an unrecognised party, before adding that all Trinamool members have got AITC recognition from Mammata Bannerji in 2012.
Joykisanhas asked Shyamkumar what was the original name of his party when he was elected as MLA.
In 2012, the then President Kim Gangte took permission from Mammata Bannerji to form a committee in the State consisting of 15 members from MPTC members. The Manipur Pradesh Trinammol Congress Committee (MPTCC) was formed with permission of the high command and RK Dorendro as Chairperson. The MPTCC was only a small unit of MPTC which was formed temporarily and has already been dissolved, he added.