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Manipur AAP divided on party policy

Imphal, April 5: Cracks surfaced in the Manipur unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with two factions of the party coming out with their separate election manifestoes as countdown to the polls began.

Yesterday the state co-ordinator of the AAP, Th. Manihar Singh, and joint coordinator Th. Jugindro Singh released the party’s election manifesto, listing a 30-point agenda, to media offices here.

The Manipur Campaign Committee of AAP today released another manifesto having 10 points, along with a booklet chronicling the growth of AAP in India and an audio CD featuring a Manipuri election campaign song.

The party is fielding lawyer Khamchinpau Zou in Outer Manipur and homoeopath Khwairakpam Ibomcha Singh in Inner Manipur. Polls will be held in Outer Manipur on April 9 and on April 17 in Inner Manipur.

Yesterday’s manifesto mentioned the publisher as “The Parliament Election Manifesto Committee, AAP Manipur” while today’s manifesto was published by Manipur Campaign Committee, AAP.

Hareshwar Goshwami, convenor of the campaign committee, clarified that yesterday’s manifesto was a “fake”.

“It was the handiwork of Manihar Singh and Jugindro Singh,” he added.

“The campaign committee has the mandate to strategise and execute the state’s election campaign. It will have overriding authority over all existing committees in the state,” Goshwami said.

He circulated a letter from the National Campaign Committee giving the Manipur Campaign Committee these powers.

Interestingly, the state campaign committee has a separate office.

“We have decided to recommend to the central party that disciplinary action be taken against Manihar and Jugindro. Their act of releasing a fake manifesto is anti-party activity,” Goshwami said.

The other faction, led by Manihar, maintained that the campaign committee had no authority to bring out election manifesto.

“They (campaign committee) don’t have any authority to bring out the party manifesto. Their’s is a sub-committee, whose task is to campaign for the party. The committee will be dissolved once the elections are over. It also does not have the authority to take actions against us,” Jugindro said.


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