IMPHAL, Oct 11 - Many Congress MLAs in the hill districts of Manipur have come under immense pressure from their supporters in their respective constituencies to resign as legislators as well from the Congress party.
The development comes following the passing of “three anti-tribal bills” in the Manipur Legislative Assembly last year and the subsequent call by the Outer Manipur Tribals’ Forum (OMTF) and Joint Action Committee against Anti Tribal Bills (JAC-AATB) to boycott all tribal MLAs and the lone MP from Manipur who “failed to hear the cries of their people”. The OMTF and JAC-AATB had announced a ban on the Congress party in all tribal areas in Manipur recently.
Talking to Newmai News Network this evening, Francis Ngajokpa, who is a senior Congress MLA from Tadubi assembly constituency in Senapati district, said that his supporters have been asking him to resign from the assembly as well as from the Congress party. He, however, did not divulge his next move in this connection.
Another tribal MLA, facing similar pressure from his supporters, said that he will be consulting his supporters soon in this regard.