Regarding the party spokesman, the former school principal said he was not kicked out of the party. “Obviously there were some statements made (by Mr Singh) that were a little bit controversial – not all members had the same view but in broad general terms, he put the party profile up – we’ve got to acknowledge that help and support.
“But increasingly as the party founders, we began to think that we should now begin to project someone as in the leadership role much more – coming closer to the elections.
“For that reason we have relied on Adi Sivia and Nirmal himself had suggested that she should play this role much more. And I think it’s the right move for us because ultimately I’m hoping that she will provide the leadership that we are looking for in the PDP,” Mr Datt said. “Nirmal Singh from my understanding has stood down in favour of Adi Sivia. He has stood down in the sense that he has said that she should begin to take a clearer role in this. That’s my understanding. “He himself said it and rightfully we all feel the same way – that Adi Sivia should be projected much more vigorously in a leadership role. “His difficulties arise from some legal interpretation of involvement of unionists in the party and that we’ll try to handle that at the workshop.” Read more: Datt: The real PDP story.