| Th. Shyamkumar Singh |
Imphal, June 10: Rift within the Manipur unit of the Trinamul Congress ballooned into a state of severe crisis with the “new president expelling another ‘president’ for ‘anti-party’ activities”.
The crisis was triggered late last night with MLA Th. Shyamkumar Singh, who claimed to be appointed as the new president by AITC leader Mukul Roy, expelling three MLAs from the primary membership of the party and issuing showcause notices to three other MLAs for anti-party activities.
Shyamkumar “expelled” Kh. Joykishan, Th. Biswajit and O. Lukhoi while showcause notices were issued to Kouthoujam Sarat, Maibam Kunjo and Irengbam Ibohalbi Singh.
Joykishan was elected president by the executive committee of the party and later endorsed at the general body meeting last month.
Stating that Shyamkumar’s expulsion and showcause notices were anti-party activities, Joykishan announced “expulsion” of Shyamkumar for six years from the party.
“The executive committee of the party today resolved to expel Shyamkumar. We will submit the party decision to the Speaker of the Assembly,” Joykishan told the media today.
Shyamkumar is the only MLA in his group while the Joykishan camp has five MLAs. Ibohalbi and original president Kim Gangte, appointed by Mamata Banerjee, are with neither of the camps.
Apart from Joykishan, three other MLAs — Kunjo, Biswajit and Sarat — were present when Joykishan announced the decision of expulsion. He said Lukhoi could not be present as he was out of station.
“Shyamkumar’s claim of being the new party president is bogus as the president of the party should be elected by the members. The president of a political party cannot be appointed,” he said.
Joykishan’s group claimed to have the support of 23 out of the 25 members of the executive committee.
“Shyamkumar’s action is hampering our work to revamp and strengthen the party, therefore, we have to take prompt action against him in the interest of the party,” Joykishan said.
The four MLAs present during the announcement said they did not receive any letter from Shyamkumar.
Trinamul, which came into existence in Manipur in 2010, is the largest Opposition party in the state.
The party opened its account in the Konthoujam Assembly byelection in 2011. The party won seven seats in the 2012 Assembly election to become the second largest party after the Congress.
Joykishan’s camp blamed party chief Mamata Banerjee and other leaders of the central committee for the disunity in the Manipur unit.
“Central leaders are never prepared to listen to us and the high command never sent anyone to Manipur despite our repeated requests to send leaders to discuss affairs in the state unit,” Biswajit said.