Shillong,May 24: NPP national chief and Tura MP Conrad K Sangma yesterday said the party is keen to welcome leaders who are frustrated under the present Mukul led Congress government.
“The frustration level among leaders has been because the fact they could not do what they want under the leadership of Mukul Sangma,” Conrad told reporters on Tuesday.
Admitting that some sitting legislators including those from Congress are joining the NPP, he said that they are looking at the NPP as a party which will allow them to work the way they wanted to work.
“When people start demanding for a change and desiring for a change obviously leaders who represents them are compelled to react and respond,” he added.
Stating that the party is growing in the state, Conrad said they are looking forward to form the government in 2018 with the support of these leaders.
According to him, the party is communicating with likeminded people and individuals, who believe in the ideology of the party, which is to take the people and the state forward.
“We want to give the opportunity to all these leaders to join the party so that we cann work and change the state and take it to better heights. We are discussing and talking to leaders and we are hoping for positive response,” he said.
Stating that style of functioning of the present Congress government has been a one man show, Conrad said, “It is CM who has made the policies… if you asked ministers they will tell you that they have no role to play. It is more of a dictatorship government.”
Agreeing that there is high anti-incumbency against the present government, he said it (welcoming sitting legislators of Congress) may be an old wine in a new bottle but that old wine never got a chance to be tasted.
“We are going to give that chance and we will allow them to work and fulfill the dreams and aspirations of the people and the visions which they never got a chance to do it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the NPP chief said that the party is also eager to have a pre-poll alliance with likeminded political parties to pave way for forming a non-Congress government in 2018.
“Looking at this present government, many want to form a non-Congress government. Therefore a lot of negotiation is taking place,” he said.
He informed that the party is still in discussion with likeminded parties like the BJP, UDP, HSPDP, KHNAM, PDF and others on the matter.
Earlier during the party meeting, ex-MLAs Snomik Kalwing, a former Congress leader and Rev G Lyngdoh along with 18 others from Jirang constituency were also officially welcomed