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Monday , September 10 , 2012
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Trinamul eyes Nagaland

Imphal, Sept. 9: The Trinamul Congress is mulling the possibility of opening a unit in Nagaland after gaining a foothold in Manipur.

“There is a proposal for opening an All India Trinamul Congress unit in Nagaland. We will go back, discuss it in the core committee and the decision will be taken by the highest decision-making body of the party and the chairperson. We will let you know the results,” said Derek O’Brien, the spokesperson for the Trinamul Congress.

Trinamul Congress leader and Union minister of state for information and broadcasting C.M. Jatua and O’Brien were on a one-day visit to Manipur to meet the party’s sate-unit leaders before the approaching Lok Sabha elections.

Trinamul is the largest Opposition party in Manipur with seven members in the 60-member Assembly.

The two leaders met office bearers, MLAs and party workers immediately after reaching Imphal today and discussed about strengthening the Manipur unit.

This is the first visit of central Trinamul leaders to Manipur after the January Assembly elections. Four political leaders from Nagaland also came to Imphal to meet the two leaders.

O’Brien said they would thoroughly discuss the feasibility of opening the party’s Nagaland unit before taking any decision. Stating that Trinamul was giving more importance to Manipur, O’Brien said henceforth, central leaders would visit the once a month.

“Leaders from either Delhi or Calcutta will take turns to pay a visit to Manipur. We are not coming to talk but to listen to the people of Manipur and know more about them,” O’Brien said.

The official website of the Trinamul Congress will soon have a separate portion for Manipur. “It will be complete by the end of this year,” O’Brien said.

He hailed party president Mamata Banerjee as a dynamic leader who spoke for the commoner and who was billed as one of the 100 most influential persons by the Time magazine and one of 50 most influential persons by business magazine Bloomberg.

Jatua did not speak much at the news conference. He said this was his first visit to Manipur and he would be coming more frequently.