Chingwang elected new CLP leader

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Kohima, Jun 11 (UNI) Veteran Congress leader and former MP Chingwang Konyak has been unanimously elected leader of the Congress Legislature Party(CLP) in Nagaland, party sources said today.

The election was held in the presence of AICC observers Siddharth Patil and Union Minister for Chemical and Fertilizer BK Handique last evening.

The sources said Chingwang was the consensus candidate for 20 Congress MLAs of the total of 23 in the 60-member Nagaland Assembly.

The supporters of Chingwang had camped in New Delhi and impressed upon the Congress High Command to have someone else in place of I.

Imkong, whom they held responsible for the party's debacle in the March five Assembly elections.

The party high command decided to send Mr Siddharth Patil to Kohima to take an on-the-spot decision.

Speaking at the meeting, the outgoing leader claimed that he wanted to resign earlier and keeping that in mind he recently visited New Delhi and appraised the high command, including AICC President Sonia Gandhi, of his willingness to step down.

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