Imphal: Senior Naga People’s Front (NPF) leader W Morung Makunga of Tengnoupal constituency Tuesday tendered his resignation from the primary membership of the party after his name did not feature in the list of 10 candidates selected for the upcoming Manipur assembly polls.

As per reliable sources, Makunga has joined the Indian National Congress on Wednesday after he was invited by the party.

In his resignation letter to the NPF president, Makunga, who was also an advisor to the party chief, stated that despite his political views being in alignment with the political vision of the NPF, the manner of selection of some candidates to represent the party in the Manipur state elections portrays the use of arbitrary power that is both ‘unfair and unwarranted.’

“It is politically untenable for me to continue as a primary member of the party with a broken conscience,” said Makunga with “a very heavy heart”.

Makunga has been serving the NPF party in various capacities since the party entered the political scene in Manipur.

He was the president of NPF Manipur unit in 2017, working president, central in 2018 and served as an advisor to the president, central in 2021.

Some partyworkers alleged that the NPF ticket for Tengnoupal (ST) assembly constituency was given to new entrant which did not have the public’s mandate. 

Apart from M Francis Ngajokpa, the NPF has shortlisted Dangsawa Korungthang Maring, another former Congress leader, from Tengnoupal (ST) constituency for the Manipur polls next month.

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