‘Francis Ngajokpa to leave Congress party’
Supporters ask former minister to contest 2017 Assembly elections from another party
IMPHAL | October 11
In what could be another blow to the ruling Congress a few months ahead of the 2017 state Assembly election, another big wig of the party is likely to fall to pressure from workers and resign from it soon.
Workers of 49 (ST) Tadubi Assembly constituency MLA Francis Ngajokpa have demanded the MLA to leave the party ahead of the state Assembly election.
Workers of the MLA convened a meeting at the Maram Centre Ground today during which it was resolved that they will continue to support the MLA only if he resigns from the MPCC.
The meeting resolved that under any circumstances the workers shall not vote for the Congress candidate in respect of 49 (ST) Tadubi A/C in the forthcoming State Assembly election and that the MLA Francis Ngajokpa must resign from the primary membership of the Congress party and as a member from the present sitting MLA in the larger interest of the constituency.
It was also resolved that the workers, in one voice and in one spirit, shall support any political party other than the Congress as rightly chosen by Francis Ngajokpa.
Today’s meeting was attended by a little over 1000 workers who had also resolved not to meet MLA Francis Ngajokpa until he resigns from the post of MLA and from the Congress party as well.
Ngajokpa was on his way to attend the meeting when he had to take a u-turn from Sekmai and return to the state capital after getting information about his workers’ decision to not meet him until he resigns from the Congress.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the workers’ meeting, Naga Peoples’ Organisation secretary K Daniel Katomai said the workers are still with Ngajokpa but their only conditions is that he resign from Congress and join another party.
The workers, he said, will support Ngajokpa heart and soul in the 2017 election if he resigns and joins another party.
Daniel said the Congress is anti-tribal and has always acted against the interest of the tribals.
He said the workers will not support any candidate of the Congress in the upcoming election.
Tadubi A/C is inhabited largely by eight different communities of the state with the Maram community being the majority.
Today’s meeting was attended by workers from different villages of the constituency including Maram chief K Namba, Willong Circle chairman K Luikang Rajamei, leader from Zeliangrong group Gogo Kenelu, IT Road Kuki area leader Angam Gelnel and other active political workers of the MLA.
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