Imphal, Nov 5 (UNI) The Congress MLAs are now divided into two camps one headed by Okram Ibobi Singh the incumbent Chief Minister and the other camp has the blessing of Congress President, Gaikhangam.
The Congress which has 31 MLAs in the 60 member House is ridden with an internal crisis though the fight has not yet come out in the open.
Former Chief Minister Rishang Keishing, who is now a Rajya Sabha MP, has voiced his opposition to the leadership of Ibobi.
The dissident group is now camping in an undisclosed place in New Delhi. The dissidents have claimed support of 15 to 17 MLAs which is hotly denied by the Ibobi loyalists.
Congress sources said both groups are now trying to convince the Congress High Command and were for an audience with the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi.
Congress sources further said the dissident MLAs have given a memorandum to the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi seeking removal of Ibobi for his failure to control the law and order.
Ibobi was also reportedly charged of accumulating wealth beyond his known sources. The Ibobi camp is also claiming majority and revealed that the Congress High Command did not want to effect a change in the leadership.
Ibobi is the only Chief Minister in Manipur who has served a full five year term and returned to power again. The crisis had already started when Congress came back to power in February last.
Congress President Gaikhangam was given the number four slot in the Ibobi government which irked the President. The President resigned from the Ibobi Cabinet and the dissidents have been rallying around Gaikhangam.
Ibobi loyalists said the dissidents commanded just 11 MLAs. Most Congress leaders including the Chief Minister, Congress President have air dashed to New Delhi and Manipur politics was now played in the national capital.