Northeast needs strong regional party: NEIDP

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 12 | Publish Date: 5/12/2019 1:10:39 PM IST

Only regional political parties will able to fulfil the aspiration and expectations of the people of Manipur and the entire northeast region to bring growth and developmental changes in the entire region.

With this objective, North East India Development Party (NEIDP) was working for building a powerful regional force in the NE region, said its president Dr Ng Bijoy Singh on Sunday.

Addressing a news conference at its office, the NEIDP president said that the party is striving hard to uphold the political, social and economic rights of the people of the region as provided under the Constitution of India.

People of the region are yet to get the political freedom fully. To get this political freedom, building a powerful regionalism force is a must, he added.

“We have tasted the national political parties in the last around 70 years. They have done nothing to let the people of the region enjoy  political freedom,” he said.

He strongly reacted to an assertion of state chief minister N Biren Singh’s statement stating that regional parties will no more able to return to power in the Northeast states.

During BJP’s election campaigns in the recently held elections to two Lok Shaba seats, the chief minister had on many occasions said that regional political parties were dying in the Northeast region and that they will never able to gain power in the region.

Dr Ng Bijoy Singh said, the chief minister said this as he has no idea of what regionalism is all about. His statements showed that he is totally ignorant of regionalism, Singh who left Congress to join the regional party said, while observing that observed an increase in the strength and popularity of regional parties in other regions of the country.

Regional political parties have becoming more powerful in various states of the country because the people of these states have now realised that national parties will not redress their problems and issues, he claimed.

A powerful regional party is a must for a small state like Manipur situated in the far corner of the counter which  has been neglected by the center in all fronts for all this years, he asserted.

“When any problem comes up in the state, we have to redress it ourselves. If not the problem will continue to plague the state as Centre will not pay attention to resolve the problem,” he said.

He reiterated, the party was committed to the task of building a developed democratic India based on principle of equal opportunity to all the citizens. He said the party was giving special emphasis on improving the condition of socially and economically disadvantaged sections of the society to achieve its objective of getting political, social and economic rights as provided under the Constitution of India.

The party has been pursuing a policy of social and economic justice and development by decentralization of power so that the fruits of development could be made available to all the citizens, he added.


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