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Manipur revolt: Congress replaces PCC chief

Earlier, about 25 MLAs had raised a banner of revolt, pushing the Okram Ibobi Singh government into a crisis, demanding a Cabinet reshuffle and sacking of some ministers.

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Desperate to avert a situation like Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand in Manipur, where several of its MLAs had raised a banner of revolt, the Congress high command Tuesday intervened and announced a leadership change in the state party unit. Sources said a cabinet reshuffle could be carried out soon as part of the attempt to buy peace.

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Earlier, about 25 MLAs had raised a banner of revolt, pushing the Okram Ibobi Singh government into a crisis, demanding a Cabinet reshuffle and sacking of some ministers. The rebels claimed Singh, while taking over as CM, had promised to shuffle his ministry halfway into his term but had not fulfilled his word so far. Sources said some of the rebels could be inducted into the cabinet or given cabinet minister status to placate them.

One of the main demands of the dissidents was removal of PCC president Gaikhangam Gangmei, who is also the deputy CM. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had a meeting with the dissidents earlier this month and sources said she promised to look into their demands and grievances. Sonia had also summoned the CM and Gaikhangam to discuss the simmering discontent.

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With dissidence claiming its second government in Uttarakhand, an alarmed Congress high command moved fast to quell the rebellion in Manipur. The party on Tuesday replaced Gaikhangam and appointed T N Haokip as the state unit president. Haokip, a former minister, is an MLA now.

AICC general secretary in charge of Manipur, V Narayanasamy, said Gaikhangam had been replaced as per the party’s one-man one-post policy. “This demand has been there for a long time because we have a one-man one-post policy…There was a request from the party rank and file as well as MLAs that the one-man one-post policy should be implemented,” he said.

When asked about the rebellion, he said: “Nobody is against the chief minister… It is a bogey spread… the kind of dirty game the BJP is playing in Congress-ruled states… The MLAs came and met the Congress president and vice-president. All issues have been resolved,” he said.

Dissident MLAs, too ,said they are not against the chief minister but want a reshuffle and sacking of some ministers. The trigger for the revolt was said to be the government’s decision to suspend five Manipur Police personnel after Nagaland-based Naga Students’ Federation imposed an indefinite ban on the entry of vehicles belonging to a particular community.

First published on: 30-03-2016 at 01:05:54 am
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