NPP ready to fight polls: Sangma

Staff REPORTER

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: National People's Party (NPP) president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has said that NPP is a new party, but in a short span of time it has been able to make its presence felt across North East and is ready to fight elections across the region.

He was addressing the media persons on the sidelines of State executive meeting of NPP, Arunachal Pradesh unit in a city hotel here. Highlighting about the ideologies of the party, Sangma said that during the last six months, many MLAs from different parties have joined the NPP which reflects that everybody wants to work for the betterment of Northeast.

Informing that NPP will put up as many candidates as possible in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, Sangma said the ongoing State executive meeting is to gear up for the forthcoming polls and to strengthen the party organization in the block, district and state level.

“NPP intends to fight election in Arunachal and win as many seats as possible,” he said adding that the response they are getting from the people is tremendous and encouraging.

He also revealed that NPP will contest for all 25 seats of Northeastern states in the coming Lok Sabha election so as to ensure that the voices of the region are heard at the Centre.

Informing that the NPP during its executive meeting would discuss various issues pertaining to the Northeast, Sangma disclosed that education would be prioritized as it is the agent of change. Besides, issues of SSA teachers, agriculture, road, power, water, health and IT would be thoroughly discussed.

Meanwhile, when asked about government of Meghalaya’s stand on controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Meghalaya CM reiterated that his government is not in favour of the bill and firm on their decision.

Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Joy Kumar Singh and other senior leaders accompanied Sangma.