Imphal, May 26: The election of MLA Kh. Joykishan as the new president of Manipur Pradesh Trinamul Congress after “removing” Kim Gangte from the post of party chief was endorsed by the general body meeting convened by the Joykishan camp in the absence of Gangte today.
The Joykishan group convened the meeting today at Kh. Leonlee Devi memorial community hall at Thangmeiband in Imphal to get approval of the election by the general body.
Today’s decision taken by a “majority” of the executive committee of the party to elect the new president on May 21 was despite Gangte’s announcement that she would continue to be the president of the party until she was removed by All India Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, who originally appointed her as the president when Manipur Pradesh Trinamul Congress was formed in 2010.
Though Joykishan and general secretary of the party Kh. Jiken claimed that the state party remained united, Gangte and two other MLAs — I. Ibohalbi Singh and Th. Shyamkumar Singh — were not present in the meeting, though the notice for the meeting was served to them.
Joykishan said the Trinamul elected a new president to strengthen and rejuvenate the party, which performed poorly in the Lok Sabha elections, despite having seven MLAs.
Factionalism within the party had a telling effect on the poll results. The party contested both the Inner Manipur and Outer Manipur seats. However, the candidates performed poorly. Party leaders attributed the poor performance to lack of co-ordination and unity in the party.
“The leader of the party’s legislature wing (M. Kunjo) wrote a letter on May 16 to the then president Kim Gangte to convene a general body meeting to review the performance of the party in the Lok Sabha election and chalk out strategies to revamp the party. The president remained silent,” Joykishan said.
He said today’s was the first general body meeting of the party after it came into existence in 2010.
After Gangte did not convene any meeting, the majority of the executive committee chose the new president on May 21 so as to revamp the party.
Asked about the response of Trinamul Congress leader and Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to work for development, Joykishan expressed the hope that she would not interfere into the election of a new party president as it was done by the majority.
Speaking at the general body meeting, Joykishan said he would work whole-heartedly with the co-operation of the party leaders and workers to strengthen the party base further and also to bring unity within the party.
Joykishan ruled out joining of the BJP by the party’s MLAs as speculated by Gangte.
She had told reporters that the plan of the Joykishan group was to join the BJP after leaving Trinamul Congress.