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IMPHAL | SEPT 17, 2020:
The infighting within the National People's Party (NPP) in Manipur took another turn after the Thangminlen Kipgen-led faction of the party expelled Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar from the primary membership with immediate effect for six years.
However, the party did not state the reason behind the action taken against him.
A statement issued by NPP Manipur unit general secretary (admin), Thongkam Haokip stated that Joykumar Singh was expelled "on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee (of the party) for six years under the constitution of the party".
With his expulsion, Joykumar Singh has "ceased to be a primary member of NPP, Manipur, with immediate effect," the statement said.
Joykumar Singh is the party's second important party leader in Manipur to have been expelled by the Kipgen-led faction within a month. Minister N Kayisii was the first member to be expelled after being appointed the interim president by NPP National President Conrad Sangma.
Rubbishing rumours, Deputy CM Yumnam Joykumar told TNT-The Northeast Today, that eight members of the NPP were earlier expelled from the party by the national president, Conrad Sangma.
He said that he has nothing to do with the newly formed NPP faction, "which comprises the expelled members. One day the expelled people may say that they have expelled Conrad Sangma too," the Deputy Chief Minister said.
Last month, Conrad Sangma had expelled the erstwhile party president Thangminlian Kipgen and his associates for "going against the constitution of the NPP".
Similarly, NPP national secretary in-charge of Manipur, Mutchu Mithi told TNT-The Northeast Today that the expelled members don't have the locus standi to expel the Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur. "Yumnam Joykumar is very much a part of the NPP," he added.