Within a day of Congress President Rahul Gandhi kick-starting the party's election campaign in Manipur, five former party MLAs and many workers quit the party on Thursday and joined a regional outfit.
However, the state Congress unit made light of their exit.
State Congress chief Gaikhangam told IANS that the five had already resigned from the party. Noting that some of them had applied for party ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, he said that they were apprehensive that they may not get the ticket and their resignations are purely for self-interest.
The activists said that during his two-day visit, Gandhi had nothing to say about the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 or the framework agreement signed with the Nagas but "merely came for electioneering".
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