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Congress high command to decide soon on Therie & Vincent Pala

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Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, MARCH 4: The Congress high command may soon take a final call on the “tenure” of two State units’ presidents in Nagaland and Meghalaya ~ K Therie and H Vincent Pala respectively.
Both the leaders lost the just concluded Assembly polls. While Therie lost in Dimapur-I to Tovihoto Ayemi of BJP, for his part Pala in Meghalaya lost to NPP candidate Santa Mary Shylla.
“Such things happen. At times in such cases the pradesh Congress chiefs resign. There is no hard and fast rule. Decisions are taken ultimately at political levels in various stages”, a source said.
Sources said in both the States, pradesh Congress chiefs held meetings with party colleagues at Shillong and Dimapur and did preliminary review of the party performance. In Meghalaya, the party ended up winning 5 seats while in Nagaland it could not make any difference to its 2018 performance when it failed to open an account.
At Dimapur on Saturday, Therie held consultation with some party colleagues. The Congress central leadership has been briefed that out of 23 seats the grand old party contested it lost security deposits in as many as 17 constituencies.
Some details about constituency-wise performance of Congress candidates also figured in Saturday meeting. At Mongoya, Congress candidate Supongmeren Jamir was leading at the end of second round but he could not continue with the lead, sources said.
There was also a suggestion that pradesh Congress president Therie should have contested from any other constituency and instead party ticket for Dimapur-I should have been given to a non-Naga ticket aspirant.
“There was no harm in trying out a non-Naga in this only open constituency in Nagaland. Maybe this could have given some signals at the national level that the Congress tries to stick to ethnic,
linguistic and religious minorities across India”, was the refrain from a section of leaders.
Therie had polled 6333 votes as against 13248 by the sitting BJP candidate Tovihoto.
Meanwhile, Congress sources said the party is keeping an eye on “problems” faced by BJP and its partners both in Nagaland and Meghalaya in government formation.
“They may have numbers on face value. But the mandates in both the States are fractured and after electoral politics the next round of game can start in power politics. These may appear a bit too early but there are issues among them”, a source claimed.
In Nagaland, sources claim the main problem is BJP’s own bickering as 4 stalwarts Y Patton, Jacob Zhimomi, Temjen Imna Along and Imkong Imchen are keen for the bigger slice of the cake.
A few BJP leaders reportedly already got in touch with Assam Chief inister and NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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