Updated 10 May 2022, 3:33 am
The Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee’s (MPCC) attempt to enrol about three lakh members ahead of the organisational election failed as the party could register only one lakh members when the membership drive ended on April 15.
The party, however, said it will intensify the drive after the organisational election.
The same was intimated by Pradesh Returning Officer of Manipur, Pratap Bhanu Sharma, who arrived here to monitor the process of organisational elections of Manipur Congress that will continue till June or early part of July.
Speaking to media on Monday at Congress Bhawan, Pratap Bhanu said that the party was targeting to enrol as many as three lakh new members ahead of the organisational elections.
However, for the time being the party will focus on organisational elections, formation of new committees, election of executive members for polling booth units, block congress committee and district congress committee, he said.
Nevertheless, he disclosed that CLP leader O Ibobi and MPCC president K Meghachandra has exuded confidence of enrolling as many as 5,000 members from each block once newly elected executives started discharging their duties. Pratap maintained that the party will continue its membership drive after the organisational elections as it was rolled out in view of the forthcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections as well.
It may be mentioned that the party had taken the step for organisational reforms after it suffered a humiliating defeat in the recently concluded state Assembly elections in five states.
Pratap went on to express positivity that enthusiastic and dedicated persons with strong desire to work for the party and for the people of Manipur will be elected in the organisational elections. “This will facilitate the Congress party in ushering in good governance and get rid of the corrupt BJP government in future elections,” he added.
Responding to queries by the media, Pratap said that the BJP misused muscle and money power just to win elections and form the government.
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“The chief minister himself had admitted to spending a huge amount of money in the recently concluded polls,” he said.
He also questioned why a competent court should not take up a case against the Chief Minister based on his statement.
He added that the Congress party will also raise awareness among the people about the Chief Minister’s admitting using money in terms of crores in the elections.
First published:10 May 2022, 3:09 am
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