Nameirakpam Loken Singh has been announced as the president of the Manipur unit of the Congress by party president Sonia Gandhi.
The party’s interim president finally named a replacement for the post left vacant, while also naming three working presidents in the poll-bound state.
“Honerable Congress President has appointed Shri. N. Loken Singh interim PCC President as PCC President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee, with immediate effect,” read an official statement by the All India Congress Committee, dated September 10.
Names of three other working presidents mentioned in the release were of Keisham Meghchadra Singh, Irengbam Hemochandra Singh and D Korungthang.
N. Loken Singh, an MLA from Manipur’s Nambol constituency, has been elected to the state Assembly four times since 2002 and has handled numerous ministerial portfolios ranging from Panchayati Raj to Agriculture.
On his appointment as a working president, Keisham Meghachandra Singh took to Twitter to express gratitude to the the party. “I extend my sincere thanks to Ma’am Socia Gandhiji on being appointed me as Working President of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee,” he tweeted.
The development came over a month after Manipur Congress president Govindas Konthoujam quit office to join the BJP.
The former 6-time Congress MLA was formally inducted into the BJP by Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh at the party headquarters in Delhi on August 1.
Manipur Assembly polls are due early next year and the appointment was long-due as the Congress has 16 members in the Manipur Assembly against the BJP’s 24 at present.
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