Ibobi govt faces rebellion from within Cong

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New Delhi, Nov 4 (UNI) The eight-month-old Congress-led Manipur Government of Okram Ibobi Singh is facing a rebellion from more than half of the party MLAs on grounds of deteriorating law and order situation in the state.

The ruling Secular Progressive Front (SPF) comprises 37 MLAs which includes 30 members from Congress, four from Communist Party of India (CPI) and three from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)in the 60-member Assembly.

According to informed sources, 18 out of the 30 party MLAs are now camping here to dislodge Mr Singh. The dissident group also includes one Cabinet minister.

The group was initially campng here at the Manipur Bhawan but with the sudden arrival of the State Chief Minister in the Capital the dissident group have gone in hiding to some undisclosed location reportedly in some five star hotel.

The dissident group wants to replace Mr Singh with State Congress President Gaikhangam.

Mr Gaikhangam had recently resigned from the Ibobi Cabinet as he was reportedly not happy with his Ministerial slot.

Mr Singh sensing crisis looming large over his Government sent three of his close lieutenants to Delhi namely N Biren, K Ranjit and N Loken for negotiations as well as to mollify the dissidents. The dissidents, however, remained unflinching on their demand for a leadership change.

As Mr Ibobi Singh's aides failed in their mission, there was no option left for the Chief Minister but to rush to Delhi to sort out the matter with the intervention of the party high command.

Both the camps will now meet Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office as well as in-charge of the Manipur affairs Prithviraj Chauhan to place their point of view to resolve the matter. If required, then they could have a round table with Congress President Sonia Gandhi so that the matter could be defused at the earliest.

Mr Chauhan who is currently on election tour of Gujarat is expected to come back to city tonight, the sources added.

UNI

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