Imphal March 11, 2012;
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh who went to Delhi on March 10 return back today without bringing any concrete decision of the AICC while two of the leaders of the MPCC still remained in the capital city. MP Dr. Meinya also returned back today. The visit of the MPCC leaders could not be officially confirmed but source available with the ISTV news said all the leaders met AICC leaderships separately to apprise them while making the decision. The source further said that Okram Ibobi Singh had met AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and showed the lists of congress legislatures who had supported him along with their signatures. Okram Ibobi Singh also reportedly presented a list of legislatures who will be Ministers in his government.
With the development in these two days crisis seem to be loomed large among the AICC leadership in electing the top post.
Consensus of the newly elected Manipur state congress legislatures to hand over the job of electing its CLP leader has now failed to calm the simmering tensions among the runners for the post. The clear picture now slowly draws the attention of the political analysts as the curtain rises spontaneously with the delay of the AICC in announcing the name of the legislature in the post. Quoting reliable sources ISTV News had earlier informed that the AICC leaderships including its president Sonia Gandhi had name Okram Ibobi Singh as the CLP leader. But the return of Okram Ibobi Singh from Delhi today morning “bare hand” and continuance of political lobby by some of the legislatures at New Delhi has painted a sense of instability to the mind of AICC leaderships in choosing the next CLP leader.
Moreover, the staying of two of the congress legislatures – Gaikhangam and Erabot, in New Delhi even after the returned of Chief Minister Ibobi Singh at this crucial juncture make sense in guessing a simmering war for the top post.
CLP meeting of the MPCC on 8th of March had unanimously resolved to hand over the job of electing its leader instead of electing Okram Ibobi Singh, which had led them for two consecutive terms. The resolution taken in the presence of AICC north east in charge Luizinho Faleiro was sent to the AICC leadership on the same day. As AICC failed to make the announcement on the earliest possible time, probably opening doors to congress legislatures who want a changed in the CLP leader aspirant congress legislatures who desired to join the race for CLP leader rushed to New Delhi on the following two days.However, another source close to the ISTV said the AICC will announce the CLP leader on Monday that is on March 12. Swearing of oath might take place on March 15. The source further point figure to Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to be the CLP leader for the third consecutive term.