From district level to State level Back after 2 years

Give credit where it is due. From village level then to district level and today a State level festival is being held in the name of Shirui Lily and this is where credit ought to be given to the BJP led Government at Imphal. A State level festival from a ..

From 2013 to charge hearing in 2022 Long road to justice

‘How can a 15 year old child be a terrorist ?’ poser or something to this effect raised by the Justice Santosh Hegde panel in 2013 to now the Session Judge of Imphal East issuing notices to 9 cops for charge hearing on May 26, 2022 over the al..

Disturbing street brawl Reflecting society

This is not reel life imitating real life. In fact this is very much real life and not some fantasy tale scripted to entertain the audience on 70 mm. This is a reflection of what the adult world, that is the elders and the supposedly group of people who h..

Morphine to heroin to WY The drug menace

Morphine to heroin to brown sugar and in between there was podrom, hyptogen, calmpose tablets and later came the alluringly named World is Yours. Throw in the cough syrups with codeine as one of the major components and truly the world of drugs has got Ma..

Covid free after 26 months A brief look back

After 26 months, since March 24, 2020, Manipur is Covid free, with the last three infected persons reportedly having recovered. This however should not mean that this is the time to relax for the virus is still  active across the country with neighbo..

One step down from Greater Lim ? Pan Naga Hoho

One step down from Greater Lim or Greater Nagalim and one step up from ‘confined within Nagaland’. This is what may be read into the much tom tommed, Pan Naga Hoho, a model espoused by the NSCN (IM) and underlined yet again by its chief of arm..

Scoring high on liquor consumption Hic ! Hic ! Cheers Manipur

Officially a dry State since 1991 and 30 years down the line, Manipur officially occupies the fifth spot in alcohol consumption, in a survey conducted by the National Family Health Survey. A damning statement on the slip between what is on paper and what ..

Reaching out to SC Jamir Politics of peace

The politics of peace must have surely proven to be much more dicey than the bush war that the NSCN (IM) waged against the Government of India for decades and the latest move of New Delhi to seek the ‘opinions and suggestions’ of former Chief ..

Rain : Bringing out the dirt of Imphalites Clogged drains and nullahs

Incessant rain for the last many days and Imphal has been thoroughly ‘washed’ and ‘bathed’ and in the process one can see all the dirt and filth which had accumulated over the months being washed out. Tough to say whether the long ..

After more than 2 decades of talks Vision : Call of the hour

Framework Agreement of 2015. Agreed Position of 2017. Two frameworks according to which the final pact with the NSCN (IM) and the NNPGs is believed to be inked. The stumbling block towards a final pact however seems to be the separate Flag and Constitutio..

Issues staring at the face of Manipur Of rain and slush and mud

The ghost of the Lim demand. The lurking shadow of Kuki Homeland. The demand that the Meiteis or Meeteis be included in the Scheduled Tribe list of the Constitution of India. The War on Drugs, which is a clear indication that Manipur is today more than a ..

Identifying a dist with one group ? Kangpokpi declaration

Administrative convenience or linguistic basis. Twist this a little bit and one may well come to the line, administrative convenience or on tribal basis ? Linguistic basis and it was on this line that States were created after the British left India and s..

Aerial route over heart of Imphal ? DPR ready for submission

Detailed Project Report ready and this is fantastic. Definitely one of the better news in a long, long time, what amid the reports of so and so much of drugs being confiscated and stolen vehicles recovered. While the latter two category of stories highlig..

Backing the War on Drugs call Senapati, Ukhrul in the lead

Taking the community along or rather the community stretching out its hand to be part of the campaign against drugs, giving more teeth to the War on Drugs slogan coined by the BJP led Government. Surely a shot in the arm of the Chief Minister and one hope..

Mt Koubru to Thangjing Hill Mischievous restrictions

From Mt Koubru to Thangjing Hill and the circle seems to be complete, with the addendum that the circle may be widened or broadened with the addition of more such places if corrective measures are not taken  up firmly and immediately. No one would ha..

Congress : Uncharacteristically quiet Down from 42, 28 to 5

The State Congress has been uncharacteristically quiet save for opening up when there are some incidents, such as the recent alleged custodial death of a goldsmith or against the poll expenditure statement of the Chief Minister. Is this good for the land ..

Drug menace : A strong fight needed War on Drugs : Give it more teeth

Taking the appeal against the acquittal of Lhoukhosei Zou in the infamous drug haul case of 2018 to the High Court of Manipur, albeit with a strong nudge from the Supreme Court of India, the news that two women drug dealers have been sentenced to 14 years..

The bone of contention: Separate flag & constitution

It is indeed confusing and disappointing that the political dialogue which went on between the Government of India and Naga militant groups, particularly NSCN-IM has neither been brought to a conclusion nor terminated. It is also not clear whether the dia..

Powerless power

The Govt or more specifically the Power Department  is playing a poor joke on the people.  People who pay taxes, people who buy power supply. The people are consumers. The power tax is paid beforehand thanks to the prepaid system and this is whe..

Taking the case to a higher Court Meaningful nudge from SC

That it took a nudge from the Supreme Court to make the State Government appeal the acquittal of Lhoukhosei Zou in the infamous drug seizure case of 2018 in a higher Court should say something profound.  All credit for this must go to 3.5 Collective ..

Promise of AFSPA free NE Not forgetting Sharmila

Not that it ever went out of the consciousness of the public, but there is something unique in the way the Armed Forces Special Powers Act has come back to occupy the consciousness of the people. After the infamous Army Act was made redundant in many area..

Manipur : A smuggling paradise Who all are behind this ?

Drug smuggling, vehicle thefts, gold smuggling. Correction-Drug smuggling should be qualified by the line, ‘drug/heroin  manufacturing units’ and clearly Manipur stands right up there on the list of infamy.  And so it is that now sto..

Packing off street vendors No takers at Lamphel

Just sit there and put your stuff for sale. Sooner or later buyers will throng the place and there will be buyers galore. The key word or words here are ‘sooner or later’ and obviously for those who live hand to mouth, or who live from the pro..

Back in the examination hall Good old school days !

The virus did keep them away from the classrooms and the examination hall for more than a year and so it is that after one whole academic year, young students of Manipur, like their counterparts in the rest of the country, sat for their Class X and Class ..

Delivering LPG at Rs 100 per cylinder How about the distance ?

This takes back The Sangai Express to the days when it launched an intensive campaign against the acute shortage of cooking gas under the caption WANTED : Cooking Gas, Not Laughing Gas. Comical it is in a way for cooking gas has always made it to the news..

Stand to boycott Government news Is the Govt that broke ?

Is the BJP led Government that broke that it cannot pay the outstanding advertisement bills owed to different media houses in the State ? Is the BJP, supposed to be the richest political party in the country, so pauperised that it cannot pay what is due t..

Need to look beyond ‘No parking’ sign Growing traffic menace

The traffic menace is getting worse day by day and the Government needs to wake up to the reality and look beyond the ‘No parking zone.’ One may tell the motorists not to park their vehicle at a particular spot and the Government has the means..

Palpable inner contradictions Stand of the NNPGs

For the past 25 years or since 1997, the NSCN (IM) has been engaged in a peace process with the Government of India and in the process it must have learnt that the politics of peace is as dicey as the politics of the bush war it waged against the security..

Why no follow up on drug seizures ? Go for the big guns

The War on Drugs should be much more than a slogan, a war cry, and this is where the Government would seriously need to think how to take this slogan a notch or two or even three higher. And the first step is to be as transparent as possible in any matter..

Move to decongest commercial areas Relocating street vendors

No vehicles allowed to park at Paona Keithel. Street vendors told to pack up after 8 am everyday. The objective behind this move should be obvious to everyone. Decongest the already over crowded Paona Keithel, Thangal Keithel, BT Road and MG Avenue. One d..

Covid is down, but it is not out Disturbing Delhi report

Covid is down but don’t mistake this with the virus being out. Since the end of February, the daily count has been well below the three digit mark and it has been on a decline ever since with Manipur returning a figure of only six new cases on April..

Fine mix of the tested and untested Council of Ministers

Chief Minister N Biren is an old hand in the craft of politics, having made his Assembly debut way back in 2002 and now in his second term as the Chief Minister of Manipur, he must have surely come to grips with the politics of being the first among equal..

ATSUM back with call for ADC Bill The divide still runs

It is obvious that the ADC Bill drafted by the Hill Areas Committee in the last Assembly is still alive and kicking and it is just this that the All Tribal Students’ Union, Manipur (ATSUM) is seeking to wake up in the new Assembly. Perhaps this is w..

Looking to Ministry expansion Politics of coalition

Principles of coalition politics and the realpolitik of coalition politics. There is a fine dividing line here and one wonders whether going along with just one partner in the present regime can be seen as going in for a coalition Government in the true s..

Sounding the War on Drugs slogan Go for the big fishes

The disturbing question is, is Manipur just a transit route or has it also become one of the manufacturing zones for Heroin, Brown Sugar, WY Tablets etc ? Is it a case of Manipur not just being close to the infamous Golden Triangle but is today fast emerg..

Language is a personal choice Hindi conundrum

Learning a language is a personal choice. It cannot and should not be thrust down anyone’s throat. Perhaps this universally irrefutable line blew over the head of Union  Home Minister Amit Shah while announcing that Hindi will be made a compuls..

The question of who will be included Ministry expansion

Obvious that the BJP is well placed here at Imphal having bagged 32 seats in the just held Assembly elections. The leadership issue has been settled with N Biren Singh back as the Chief Minister for the second consecutive term with four of the old faithfu..

Taking the ST demand to the floor of Parliament From the streets to RS

It did not feature as a major poll issue in the just held Assembly election in Manipur. But it is nonetheless significant to note that Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba took it upon himself to raise the demand that the Meiteis/Meeteis be included in the ..

Banning parking at Paona Keithel Think out of the box

The Government will need to think out of the box. Just a cursory order banning parking of vehicles at Paona Keithel to address the growing traffic congestion in the commercial centres of Imhal cannot be the answer. In the first place, the Government will ..

Law enforcing agencies & drug business

The report that contraband drugs worth over Rs 7 crore had been seized from a police personnel throws up a number of questions and tends to substantiate the general suspicion of involvement of some law enforcing agencies in drug cartels operating in the S..

Welcoming decision to roll back AFSPA Now take it further

It is understandable why many across the spectrum have welcomed the decision of the Government to roll back the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from areas under police stations located within six districts across the State. A sort of a strong political st..

The many stories that AFSPA spawns Making go the redundant Act

Not surprising it was the top news in all the newspapers published in Manipur. It was also the news to carry in many newspapers published outside Manipur. It must also have been the same in Nagaland and Assam. Local television news channels also lost no t..

From 2011 to 2016 to 2022 runs the story Of dusts and road circus

Officially inaugurated in 2011, just ahead of the 2012 Assembly election and finally made functional only in 2016, nearly five years after its inauguration, the Inter State Bus Terminus located plumb in the heart of Imphal city at Kabow Leikai, Khuman Lam..

Scourge of drug abuse and alcoholism Stories of rehab centres

The scourge of drug abuse and alcoholism, Manipur knows this and more. Some have made a complete and honest recovery from the clutches of drugs and alcohol and many have not and in between are the tales of numerous rehabilitation centres that have sprung ..

Pathetic Imphal-Jiribam highway Time to set priorities

Now is the time to prioritise things. In its second term in office with Chief Minister N Biren back at the helm, it is more than appropriate that things are put in perspective and move from the tall claims during its first stint in office and see things f..

Making Manipur drug-free, a tough call

Theoretically, the new Government has gone a step farther in its War on Drugs. The first Cabinet meeting of the new Government held on March 22 resolved to make Manipur drug-free and assign an officer of the rank of IGP as the head of Anti-Narcotics Task ..

Huge mandate implies momentous responsibility

No doubt, securing as many as 32 seats in the 60-Member House is no mediocre achievement. It was also a rare distinction that a single party managed to get absolute majority. Of course, there was a case of Congress party bagging 42 seats in the past. The ..

Yaoshang under ‘who will be next CM’ Festival of colour

The two contenders are back, but everything is still as hazy as it was before they left for New Delhi at the summon of the Central leadership of the BJP. True or otherwise, Messrs N Biren Singh and Th Biswajit managed to put up a ‘good show’ t..

Unfolding drama and news from Delhi Adding to the confusion

It is getting more and more confusing and at the same time interestingly intriguing as well. Even as the BJP in Manipur has been maintaining that there are no official inputs on who has been named the next Chief Minister, this has not stopped a number of ..

The question : Who will be next CM Acceptability quotient

BJP comfortably home with 32 MLAs in its kitty. Results declared on March 10. Yet even five days after the results, the BJP yet to name who will head the next Government. Not a problem with number and certainly not a problem of dissidence. Yet it should b..

Gunning for those who didn’t ‘support’ Farcical pronouncements

This is the pits and maybe it is a classic case of the people getting the type of representatives they deserve. A point briefly touched here in an earlier commentary but there is the need to let all, particularly the elected gentlemen know, that what they..

Viral question : Who will be the next CM Stories of ‘camps and camps’

The BJP is home comfortably and from with whom it may go in Government formation, the overriding question which has piqued everyone’s interest is who will be the top man. Will the BJP continue with N Biren as the Chief Minister or will it adopt the ..

Will the BJP go it alone or... LS polls is just 2 Yrs away

At one level the equation is simple yet real politiks may say something else and this is what will make the next few days interesting. With 32 MLAs in its kitty, the BJP has the needed number to go it alone. But the question is whether it would be politic..

Raining BJP all the way ! Scripting Congress Mukt

It is raining BJP all the way. At the time this commentary is being written down at 7.15 pm of March 10, the saffron party had already bagged 25 seats and was leading in 7 more. Now if the lead translates into wins, then the BJP would be sitting pretty wi..

Outcome of Feb 28, Mar 5 today ! What were the issues ?

Manipur voted on February 28 and March 5. Now result is at hand and while the victors, their supporters and well wishers will go all the way to trumpet their show at the hustings, many may just not be able to answer straight if asked, on what basis they v..

Open declaration of support to one Now eyes on March 10

President of the Manipur unit of Shiv Sena Moirangthem Tombi was bang on target in opining that outfits which are under the Suspension of Operations (SoO) pact with the State and Central Governments had every right in declaring that they would support so ..

Defiling the line ‘free and fair poll’ Engineering votes

Free and fair poll seems like a line drawn from a fairy tale and superimposed on a troubled place like Manipur all under the cloak of democracy. Nothing can be more unfortunate than this. The decision of the Election Commission to hold repoll in at least&..

Ridiculing the understanding of democracy Mobocracy at its height

Dance of democracy as understood in the context of Manipur and nothing can get more farcical, more tragic and more stupid than the drama that was rolled out for one and all to see during the second phase of the polls on March 5. As noted in an earlier com..

Armed outfits active in election ? Serious allegations

The allegations are serious, very serious, if one may add. Already senior poll observer of the All India Congress Committee Jairam Ramesh has gone ahead to claim that the BJP led Government has buttered militant groups under the SoO pact with over Rs 16 c..

Booking prime space everywhere Publicity blitzkrieg

The publicity blitzkrieg is dazzling ! In other words leaving nothing to chance. So apart from the routine task of reaching out to the media and speaking out their minds on issues which are deemed to be important to the people, the big two, that is the BJ..

Raising serious allegations Ugly side of the vote

The allegations are serious and the voices of protest that have come forth ought to be listened with the merit they deserve. The Congress has already gone on record to allege that the BJP has used the service of groups under the Suspension of Operation pa..

Emergence of other political parties Importance of others

The first phase of the election is over and while all eyes will definitely be on the 22 seats which will go to polls on March 5, one question that has been doing the round is who will be the next Chief Minister if the BJP returns to power. Will Manipur fo..

Noi romdadi kyam touge line goes viral Vote put up for sale

Interesting it is but disgusting at the same time too. As the hours ticked by on voting day, that is on February 28, the talk doing the round in almost every Assembly Constituency was not so much on the voters’ turnout or the likelihood of which can..

Where would Manipur be 5 years hence ? Questions before the vote

Be very clear about this. The choice you make today will impact on your lives for the next five years. It is much more than merely punching a button on the Electronic Voting Machine but is about deciding how one wants to see one’s life five years do..

The debate over the dry State tag To be dry or not !

The Sangai Express missed the report, but already the announcement of Chief Minister N Biren that the it is better for the die hard liquor aficionados to consume Indian Made Foreign Liquor or IMFL than to wet one’s throat with the locally brewed liq..

AFSPA on the lips of political parties Never a poll issue, why ?

Maybe it is the compulsion of the Assembly election, but significantly the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is suddenly on the lips of all, well almost all, the political parties which have a stake in Manipur and the North East. The stress on not all shoul..

Visit of NaMo, RaGa one after the other Manipur in the eyes of Delhi

February 21, 2022-It was Rahul Gandhi. February 22, 2022-It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Thanks to the Assembly election scheduled on February 28 and March 5, Manipur is the destination of quite a number of political heavy weights drawn from the big ..

Reaching out before voting day What are the issues ?

Election is at hand. Political parties, candidates, supporters and workers are leaving nothing to chance to gain the trust and confidence of the people which in turn will translate into vote. The election fever is complete and everyone seems to know one t..

Ugly stand offs, confrontations Dignified approach of NPF

Obvious that the attention of the people, meaning the voters, is on the verbal duel and war of words between the BJP and the Congress and there is nothing surprising about this. War of words before any election is a given and may even measure up to the un..

Manipur in the eyes of BJP, Cong NaMo, RaGa to be here

Destination Imphal. This is obviously on the menu of many heavy weights of both the BJP and the Congress and this is something welcome. A definite development from those days when any trip to the North East region or rather Manipur by political bigwigs fr..

Chasing the magical 30 figure mark Sparring partners ?

No one is taking it easy. Not the political parties, not the candidates themselves, not the die hard supporters/agents and certainly not the leikai experts who seem to have worked out the intricate details. Suddenly one sees numerous experts coming from d..

Promising what people want to hear Looking back to 2017

None of the political parties have fallen short of stating what they presume is what people would want to hear and that is definitely what the election manifestoes of the  political parties, which have so far been issued, done. Nothing surprising and..

Interesting barbs between allies No punches pulled

The no pulled punches are interesting and so are the jibes. The great election tamasha is on and what has added that extra zing to the atmosphere are the not so witty off the cuff remarks, the ludicrous stand of righteousness, the no holds barb against ea..

Election during the pandemic Still infecting, killing

The election fever is on and not surprising for it is about sealing the fate of the land and the people for the next five years. The BJP has already set the ball rolling having got some of its senior members to come and campaign for the saffron party incl..

Make corruption a poll issue Responsibilities of voters

Save for Independent candidate in Keishamthong Assembly Constituency, Nishikant Singh Sapam, none of the other candidates have made corruption a major issue ahead of the Assembly polls and this is what is confounding. Everyone agrees that of all the issue..

Election manifestos and AFSPA debate

As noted earlier in this column, election manifestos of almost all political parties of different colours and shades have been promising to either revoke AFSPA or work towards this end. BJP, the dominant ruling party, is still mum on the issue of AFSPA bu..

Voters’ responsibility to ensure accountability

Indeed, the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly election is round the corner. As expected, all major political parties with the exception of BJP have released their election manifestos and a couple of issues which are reflected in almost all these manifesto..

Deferring poll scheduled on a Sunday Why mum on other issues ?

The decision of the Election Commission of India to defer the first phase poll of February 27 to February 28 is acknowledged. The official reason for changing the date of the first phase poll does not mention it, but it should leave no one in doubt that t..

In the face of a hung Assembly The CM question

The confidence is remarkable. Even before the first vote has been cast, the BJP has gone ahead and announced that the next Chief Minister of Manipur will be decided by its Parliamentary Board after the election. This was perfectly in line with the grand p..

What is it that people want ? Set down the agenda

The important question is, what is it that the people really want from their representatives ? Should it be a case of the elected deciding what the people want or the representative doing what the people say they want ? Is it a case of the people identify..

Emergence of the ‘others’ Eyes on NPP, NPF, JD (U)

The Big Two-Obviously they will remain the BJP and the Congress. But the interesting part is the probability of the 2022 Assembly election turning out to be the Time of the ‘others.’ The ‘others’ will obviusly be read as the Nation..

Including NOTA as a choice Make it meaningful

Not that it has any electoral value, but it is more than obvious that the option, None of the Above (NOTA), has become a choice for some to lodge a protest that he or she prefer not to vote for any of the candidate in the fray. An option which needs serio..

Numbers bandied about by pol parties Interesting tall talks

Confidence booster. Shooting in the dark. Or plain tall talks with no substance. This and so many others can be read into the loud proclamations by different political parties ahead of the Assembly election and one  is left wondering if such an appro..

Wanted : A strong Opposition Check and balance

Power sharing. This obviously is the mantra in the long queue that one sees in front of the JD (U), NPP, NPF and to an extent Republican Party of India (Athawale) and while there is nothing much surprising about this, what stands out is obviously the seem..

Emergence of the ‘other’ pol parties Lining up for JD (U), NPP

Should be obvious to all. Today it is no longer a two cornered fight between the Congress and the BJP and increasingly it has become clear that the parties to watch out for are the ‘others’. All indications that Manipur is most likely to see a..

Protest on the road, sup with its partners Sleeping with the enemy ?

Not exactly sleeping with the enemy but comes somewhere close to it. Else how does one explain the street demonstrations being staged at different parts of the State over their ‘man’ or ‘woman’ being overlooked by the BJP while nam..

Hill dists low on the vaccination chart Call of the Governor

Who is in, who is out and correspondingly heartburns, heartaches and joy and merry making on the other side. This and daily spike of Covid positive cases above the 300 mark accompanied by almost daily deaths due to the virus together go on to illustrate t..

Politics of internal pull and push Studying the BJP list

The politics of pull and push, the politics of one upmanship, probably the politics of personal ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ and internal politics seem to be written in black and white in the list of the BJP candidates that has just been..

The virus : Always one step ahead The new normal

Hectic election campaigning underway, at least 42 cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus detected so far, rising instances of new cases and deaths due to the virus and people letting their guards down-most visible on the road..

The wait for the list continues The six in the pack

In power at Delhi and Imphal and obviously the BJP is the party to beat. This should explain the pre-poll pact that has been arrived at among six political parties, the Congress, CPI, CPI (M), JD (S), Forward Bloc and RSP. Not the first time that the CPI ..

Lining up for BJP ahead of polls Ticket to the Assembly ?

Ticket to the Assembly. The belief is a BJP ticket is the green card to enter the Assembly and this is the primary reason why there are so many intending BJP candidates in almost all the Assembly Constituencies. And this is precisely the reason why so muc..

First manifesto, then candidates list Vote against AFSPA ?

Step 1 : Reach out to the people with its election manifesto. Step 2 : Announce the first list of its candidates. Obvious that the NPP has done its job well so far and it is more than clear that it intends to make further inroads into Manipur, eyeing to g..

Roaring 40 in first list of Cong Waiting for BJP’s choice

Fluctuating fortunes and perhaps political fluctuations will rank right up there whenever ‘politics’ is underlined by the term ‘fluctuation’ and this must have been very clear to the leaders of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committe..

Counting new cases everyday Third wave is on !

The virus has come back (not that it ever went away) and should grab the attention of everyone concerned, not because it is unique or unusual, but because it is something which everyone, particularly the State Government should have braced itself up for. ..

Embracing the party hoppers Ethics be damned !

May not exactly measure up to the understanding of the seller and the buyer being both guilty, but many may see the floodgates being opened up by the BJP to welcome defectors from other political parties, come somewhere near along this line. Ethics be dam..

Compulsion of power politics Onus on the voters

The compulsion of power politics-this is what may be read into the presence of so many intending BJP candidates in almost all the Assembly Constituencies and more so in the number of Congress MLAs who have switched side to the saffron party. At the moment..

Questions which have piqued people’s interest Possible post poll scenario

It is not only a question of which party will occupy the seat of power after the Assembly election which has piqued people’s interest, but how many more of the current crop of Congress MLAs or Congress leaders will continue with the party.  And..

Making it to the list of infamy Low vaccination coverage

In the list of infamy. As the country completed one year of the vaccination drive, Manipur managed to work herself into the list of the Infamous Three, making up the last three spots on the table of vaccination, just above Nagaland and Meghalaya. Not the ..

Keeping people informed is key Six more Omicron cases !

The commandments from the World Health Organisation (WHO) are-Avoid huge crowds (maintain physical distancing of at least three feet), Always mask up, Wash one’s hands with soap and water thoroughly and yes get vaccinated. Not from WHO but which is ..

Nothing grand about ‘Grand Old Party’ Five years out of power

It is more than saying no and in many ways reflects the position of the Congress  in Manipur today. The decision of the Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee to say no to five political personalities, who were earlier elected as Congress MLAs, should no..