NPP is likely to announce candidates on Friday

Shillong, Mar 14: The National People’s Party (NPP) is all set to announce on Friday its candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The ruling party also claimed of winning the Tura seat with a very big margin.

The NPP has decided to field candidates from various Lok Sabha constituencies in the North East.

“The central election committee of the party will be meeting and by tomorrow (Friday) we will announce the candidates,” NPP national president and chief minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K. Sangma told reporters here on Thursday.

In Meghalaya, which has two parliamentary seats, the NPP is likely to contest from Tura constituency and decided to support the candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) from Shillong seat.

The NPP is likely to field former Tura MP Agatha K Sangma from Tura.

The opposition Congress has decided to field former chief minister Mukul Sangma as its candidate for the Tura seat.

Whether the Citizenship Amendment Bill has created a rift between the NPP and the BJP, Conrad said, “We were very clear and there is no ambiguity about this whole situation. In a coalition, there will be area of disagreement and this was one area of disagreement. We have stood our ground and we have been very clear that if a certain line is crossed, then it is something we need to break our ties. Therefore that situation we made it very clear to everybody not just in the political arena, but even with the public in general and there is no ambiguity about it and I stand by it even now.”

Whether he sees this as a threat, Conrad said, “Our party organization is very upbeat and I am sure that in this coming election NPP will come out victorious with a very big margin in the Tura Seat.”

“As a government, we have been working very hard, and I think the people have seen the kind of work. So they want to support us, and we are getting tremendous support from the grass root level,” he said.