Imphal, Feb 17,
Manipur Peoples Party (MPP), the oldest regional political party of the state which had once formed government in the state today is becoming a hot spot, as the office complex turns as battlefield over claim and counterclaim of ownership between groups of party workers.
As per a letter from the Election Commission of India, status of the oldest regional political party MPP is “a registered unrecognized Political party under Section 29 A of RP Act, 1951 due to internal party dispute.
A group of political workers challenges N Sovakiran’s appointment as President of the MPP some years back and the matter was brought to the notice of the Civil Judge Senior Division , Imphal West on May 16, 2017 , challenging the rival claimed his appointment as illegal . But as the case remain pending, MPP is unrecognized but registered political party.
At around 10.30 am today MPP workers of different groups gathered at the office located near Pologround and started confrontation over the ownership of the office, as one group derecognized the members of the Central Committee of the party. The confrontation turn hostile and there was a scuffle going on between the two groups. However, police team which rushed to the spot timely intervene the situation.
The root of the scuffle between the two groups arises over financial irregularities by party workers and office bearers. MPP is the only regional Political party in the state which have huge revenue as they have rented huge number of shops and hotel. The income per month is calculated over Rs. 5 lakhs (subject to correction) per month.
As of now the party has no MLA in the current State Legislative Assembly.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.