Shillong, Mar 21: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that people in the North Eastern states have accepted the ideology of the National People’s Party (NPP).
Two ministers of the BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh, 12 sitting MLAs and the party’s general secretary joined the NPP after the BJP denied party ticket to contest the Arunachal Pradesh assembly elections slated for April 11.
“We are very happy that these leaders have expressed their faith in the ideology of the party. On behalf of the party I would like to welcome them all to NPP. This is the beginning of a very positive sign for the party in Arunachal Pradesh,” Conrad who is the NPP national president said.
In a video-taped statement, Sangma expressed hope that more people will join the NPP founded by former Lok Sabha Speaker, late Purno Agitok Sangma.
“We do expect that with more people joining in, the NPP will get good results in the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.
On NPP becoming the only alternative political party in the northeastern states, Sangma said, ”We are getting response from the people and they have started realizing the ideology and are joining our party. We expect more positive response, reactions and outcomes in future. It is early to say how things will go, but all I can say is that, people in the North East have started realizing the NPP’s ideology and are joining and supporting us.”
Speaking about the candidature of his sister Agatha Sangma and her chances of victory from Tura Parliamentary constituency, the NPP chief said, ”Elections are never easy, and no election can be taken for granted. The first rule of election is to ensure that one is not overconfident. We are working hard and I am happy to see people’s response and supporting us.”