Imphal: Congress president Sonia Gandhi Wednesday appointed Keisham Meghachandra as the president of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC).
Meghachandra replaces Nameirakpam Loken Singh, who has now been adjusted in the executive committee of the Manipur Congress, after the former MLA of Nambol AC resigned from the post early this month taking moral responsibility for the defeat of party candidates in the recently held elections.
“The Congress president has appointed president, working presidents, treasurer, vice-presidents and approved the proposal for the constitution of the executive committee of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee,” said a statement issued by party general secretary KC Venugopal.
The Congress managed to secure only five seats in the 60-member Manipur Assembly. In the 2017 election, it was the largest party with 28 seats.
Born to late Keisham Kullabidhu Singh and late K (O) Chandramukhi Devi, forty-nine-year-old Meghachandra, an MLA from Manipur’s Wangkhem constituency, has been elected to the State Assembly four times since 2007 and has handled numerous portfolios ranging from Chairman, Public Undertaking Committee, Manipur Legislative Assembly to Parliamentary secretary, Government of Manipur and different local and state run institutions.
An active student leader since college days, Meghachandra has been a member and patron of various organisations. The lawmaker also was appointed as general secretary MPCC for the second time in 2016. Later in 2017, he was appointed as spokesperson for MPCC, Vice president MPCC in 2020, Working president, MPCC in 2021.
On his appointment as president, Keisham Meghachandra Singh expressed his sincere gratitude to the party. However, he cautioned that this will be a great challenge for him to uphold the expectations and confidence of the people of Manipur. He will be vigilant and vibrant on all issues concerning the people, Meghachandra told The North East Affairs.
The four new working presidents who have been appointed are T Manga Vaiphei, Mohammad Fajur Rahim, Victor Keishing and KH Devabrata Singh.
They replace Irengban Hemochandra Singh, T Mangibabu, DD Thaisii and K H Ratankumar Singh, who have been accommodated in the executive committee of the Manipur Congress.
While Lokeshwar Singh has been appointed as the treasurer of the Manipur Congress, Vidyapati Senjam, Alfred K Arthur, L Tilotama, Hareshwar Goshwami and Lamtinthang Haokip have been appointed as its vice-presidents.
Interestingly, Manipur is the first state where the Congress unit has been revamped after the party’s drubbing in the recently-held Assembly polls in five states.
In a separate statement, Congress president Sonia Gandhi also appointed Okram Ibobi Singh as CLP leader, K Ranjit Singh as Deputy leader and T Lokeshwar Singh as chief whip. With agency inputs