Therie offers to resign as Cong president after election drought

Therie offers to resign as Cong president  after election drought
NPCC President, K Therie
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Kohima, March 10: Faced with complete drought in the just concluded Nagaland Assembly elections, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie has offered to resign from the chair on moral grounds.
Party insiders on condition of anonymity said that Therie made the resignation offer during the NPCC executive meeting held today at Congress Bhavan, which was attended by the State Congress leaders, District Congress Committee and frontal organisations presidents as well as INC candidates of the February 27 State elections.
It may be mentioned here that Congress contested on 18 out of the 60 seats but failed to win any in the just concluded Assembly elections.
The party had released a list of 23 candidates earlier on February 6. But as many as five contestants later took back their nominations citing fund shortage.
The Congress sorry plight started since 2003, when despite being the single largest party was unable to form the Government and remained in opposition for three terms. It managed to increase its tally to 23 in 2008 elections.
Congress, which with 8 MLAs in the last state poll in 2013 was the principal opposition in the State, lost all 8 MLAs when they merged with the ruling Naga People’s Party (NPF) on November 21, 2015.
Party sources said that as the Congress president in the State, Therie owned the responsibility and on moral grounds announced his resignation during the meeting.
But party sources revealed that since Therie was directly appointed by the All India Congress Committee (AICC), his resignation cannot be channelized through the NPCC, but has to be directly submitted to the AICC in Delhi.
Hence it will depend on AICC to accept or reject Therie’s resignation, sources said, adding that Therie is likely to go to Delhi to meet party high command and also submit his resignation by Monday. (Page News Service)