AICC's decision final, asserts Ngamthang
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 26: Despite stiff opposition from some section of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee to field NCP's Holkhomang haokip as common candidate of the Congress and the NCP in the Outer manipur Parliamentary constituency, Tribal Development Minister Ngamthang Haokip asserted that the decision of the party high command will be final.

Even though some MPCC leaders have expressed opposition to the reported proposal of AICC president Sonia Gandhi to extend support to the NCP nominee during the April 20 elections there is no alternative and the decision of the high command has to be accepted, he said.

Interacting with news persons at his office chamber today afternoon, the Minister stressed that Congress being a disciplined political party, the directives of the party high command should not be rejected.

Rather it has to be fully complied with and endorsed.

Announcing constitution of an election campaign committee of Sadar Hills district, he exuded confidence that the candidate supported by the Congress (I) will garner maximum vote.

Sadar Hills with three Assembly segments commands around one lakh voters.

He also declared that Demkai Kipgen and VL Chongloi have been appointed as chairman and secretary respectively of the campaign committee.

During a meeting held at his residence members present also resolved to make all out effort in ensuring victory for the Congress supported candidate.

Replying to a question, Ngamthang haokip remarked that inspite of the SPF Government yet to formally announce establishment of Sadar Hills as a district, Congress (I) has already granted recognition to the formation of the district with the constitution of Sadar Hills Congress Committee.

The Sadar Hills district has been a contentious issue.

Rishang leaves for Delhi to present case: Worried over the dilly-dallying tactics of the Congress high command over the non-announcement of the name for the Outer seat candidate, Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing has rushed to New Delhi this afternoon to get first-hand information on the reason and also to persuade Sonia Gandhi to allow fielding a Congress candidate in the Outer seat of Manipur, according to close aides of the MP.

The source further said that the MPCC(I) members were furious on why the name of their candidate had not been announced till now by the high command.