The Manipur People’s Party (MPP), which is considered the second oldest regional party of India, does not exist anymore in the record of the Election Commission of India (ECI), as there are no authorised MPP officials in the ECI record at present.
The incident came to light after an RTI reply from the principal secretary of ECI dated February 22. The RTI report which sought the particulars of the existing president and office bearers of MPP was filed by one Saratkumar Maimom.
Founded in 1968, MPP has formed governments in the state in three different regimes 1972-73, 1974 and 1990-1992.
With regards to the RTI report, a group of former MPP leaders briefed the media at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal on Wednesday and appealed to all concerned to abstain from using the name MPP for time being.
Former MPP general secretary SK Moirangcha alleged that one Ch Shyamjai, who proclaimed himself as interim MPP president, along with his five-six followers, are presently running the office of MPP at Polo Ground, Imphal.
Moreover, they are running only after the party’s assets, forgetting all the political activities, he alleged, adding that the fading of MPP activities from the ears and minds of the public is the proof.
As the party is in a critical condition without even having the privilege of contesting in the upcoming local bodies election and then even the general election of 2024, he appealed to all the concerned to abstain from using MPP name officially until ECI gave recognition.