Downfall of Cong under Ibobi imminent: RK Imo
IMPHAL, 6th Aug: Congress MLAs RK Imo and Okram Henry, who voted against INC candidate in the Rajya Sabha election held on June 19 last, have said that they voted in favour of Leishemba Sanajaoba (BJP candidate) for being better candidate than their party’s own.
Both RK Imo and O Henry were served ‘show cause’ notices by Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) and asked as to why disciplinary action should not be initiated against them for anti-party activity. Accordingly, both the MLAs submitted their written replies Thursday to MPCC.
In his written reply, RK Imo censured Congress Legislature Party leader O Ibobi Singh strongly and even demanded his resignation from the present post on moral ground.
Justifying the vote he gave in favour of titular king Leishemba Sanajaoba in the Rajya Sabha election held on June 19, RK Imo said that Leishemba Sanajaoba was better candidate and hence voted for him.
Terming the allegations levelled against him in the ‘show cause’ served on July 24 as totally baseless and concocted, RK Imo said that he cannot accept the slur while maintaining that he voted in favour of Leishemba Sanajaoba in the interest of the people of Manipur and for being the better candidate. "This may be against party’s interest but I had a strong belief that the titular king has mindset of bringing equal development in both hills and valley and wanted him to represent people of Manipur at the Upper House of Parliament," RK Imo said in his written reply.
According to RK Imo, whip cannot be issued for Rajya Sabha election as per provisions under Section 59 of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 and the Indian Constitution as well as rules of Election Commission of India. Apart from this, Article 141 of Indian Constitution clearly mentions that no MLA could be disqualified for casting vote to candidate of his/her choice in Rajya Sabha election, RK Imo said and claimed that he is still member of INC and did not left the party nor spoke against the party at any point of time.
Strongly opposing O Ibobi Singh being CLP leader, RK Imo said that Congress party would not be able to return to power if selfish leader like O Ibobi Singh continues to lead the party. He also said that party’s MLAs would return if Ibobi is removed from CLP leader and the party strengthened or else more MLAs would leave the party.
RK Imo further alleged that Ibobi misled the party by creating a political crisis in the state amidst the difficult situation brought by COVID-19 pandemic and his selfish motives for political advantage would weaken Congress party’s chance in the next assembly election. While bringing out displeasure against O Ibobi by party members, RK Imo’s written reply further alleged that Ibobi is not only selfish and thinks only for his family members but also suppresses true leaders. One big setback for Congress party was removal of MPCC president TN Haokip in an improper manner just before the last Lok Sabha election and this was main reason for party suffering defeat in both the Lok Sabha seats, he said and strongly observed O Ibobi Singh should resign on moral ground from CLP leader post.
While terming the ‘show cause’ notice issued against him as unreasonable and the party should not waste fund by publishing the notice in media, RK Imo said that fund utilised by the party for publicity could be used for helping people affected by Covid pandemic. Finally, RK Imo urged MPCC to withdraw the ‘show cause’ notice.
On the other hand, Wangkhei MLA O Henry too said that he voted in favour of titular Sanajaoba Leishemba in the Rajya Sabha election for being better candidate and claimed that he is still member of Congress party and did not left the party.
In his written reply to the ‘show cause’ notice, O Henry said he went to meet health department officials and chief minister on the day Rajya Sabha election on June 19 to discuss about fighting Covid pandemic. Coincidently, there was a reception function for Leishemba Sanajaoba for his winning the Rajya Sabha election and joined the celebration for being people’s representative and personal acquaintance, Henry said adding this should not be misinterpret as anti-party activity and urged MPCC to withdraw the ‘show cause’ notice.