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NCP eyes 26 Aonglenden bye poll
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 29 (NPN):
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Published on 30 Mar. 2011 1:05 AM IST
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The list of candidates for the upcoming bye election of 26 Aonglenden constituency seems to grow with NCP general secretary P A Sangma stating that the party was seriously considering to field their candidate into the foray. “We are going to avail this opportunity” Sangma stated while pointing out that the bye election will be a sort of introducing the party.
The NCP stalwart disclosed this during a press conference at Hotel Saramati on Tuesday evening after a day long canvassing in some district of Assam for the forth coming state assembly elections.
Asserting that the Congress was facing anti-incumbency problem both in Assam and Nagaland, Sangma stated that the Congress party has become a ‘divided house’. He also remarked that Dr S C Jamir’s re-entry into state politics will only divide party more. “In such a situation, people will look for alternatives” Sangma quipped.
Pointing out that the NCP ministers were holding some key portfolios at the centre, Sangma said that the party was working on giving a package to Nagaland. He also added that several skill based capacity building programme has already been introduced in Megalaya and Nagaland. “Problem is not about unemployment but employability” Sangma stated while stressing on the providing skill based training to the youth.
Despite his statements of Congress being a divided party,Sangma, however said that it will not affect the UPA alliance at the centre. He added that relationship with the Congress party depended from state to state.
While sidelining to issue any substantial statement against the two party MLAs who defected to NPF (Dr Chumben Murry and Pangyu Phom), Sangma said that the state unit of the party has already filed a case in the court against the defection. He further went on to say that both the legislators were quite matured enough to decide their own future.
Further, highlighting some points for gearing up the party for the 2013 Nagaland state assembly elections, Sangma hinted at reorganizing the party set up in all levels in the state. He also averred that the party was looking for inducting more educated youth in party and encourage them to join politics. Reiterating the same point, the party secretary general for NE region Neiba Ndang, who is also the state president, disclosed that the 2nd phase of revamping the state unit of the party was in offing.
NE leaders forum
Elucidating on the progress of the NE leaders forum, Sangma informed that the meeting which was scheduled to be held on April 18 at Guwahati had to be postponed due to the elections.
Pointing out that a united forum of elected leaders from the region can provide a platform for a strong lobby at the centre, Sangma stated New Delhi will not be able to ignore if such a forum comes up.
Disclosing that AGP and Sikkim CM Chamling were initially reluctant, the NCP leader added that all the leaders have now agreed in unison and for which a meeting will be held in Shillong in the third week of April.
Assam election campaign
A total of 35 candidates including 6 females; 18 in Upper Assam and 17 in lower Assam, will be contesting from NCP ticket. Sangma said this while informing about the party’s election foray in Assam.
Dismissing any pre-poll alliance with any party, the NCP leader maintained that the anti-incumbency factor within the Congress party and the corruption issue will bring out a different result. He also added that the factionalism within AGP will also be another factor. “We hope to play an important role in the formation of government, if there is a hung assembly” Sangma maintained.
The former Lok Sabha speaker also pointed out that if their party MLA was elected in Assam, a direct access to all the development agencies will be created at centre. Substantiating this point, Sangma averred that the Agri and allied sector, industries and rural development ministries at the centre, which he added were crucial for development in NE, were being held by NCP MPs.
Further, he added that several party leaders including minister of state for RD Agatha Sangma is canvassing in Assam for the elections.

 
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