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NPP will win 10 to 12 seats in NE: Conrad K Sangma

NPP will win 10 to 12 seats in NE: Conrad K Sangma
NPP chief Conrad K Sangma addressing media in Imphal on Friday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 22 | Publish Date: 3/22/2019 12:27:47 PM IST

National People’s Party (NPP) would win 10 to 12 out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the Northeast states, party chief Conrad Kongkal Sangma, who is also chief minister of Meghalaya, claimed on Friday.

Sangma was in Imphal on a brief visit in the state to chalk out party’s election strategies with the state unit of the party.

Addressing reporters after a crucial meeting with leaders of the Manipur unit of the party, the NPP chief said that the party would contest the elections in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, his state Meghalaya as well as in Manipur. In Assam, the party would contest in six seats, he added. 

Informing that the first list of the candidates to be contested on party tickets had already announced, the second list would be declared soon.

For Manipur, he said the party would field its candidate only in the Outer Manipur Parliamentary (Reserved) Constituency. However, its state (Manipur) unit president Thangminlen Kipgen would contest the election from Outer Manipur Parliamentary (Reserved) Constituency.

The party would extend its support to a candidate of the ruling partners in the Inner Parliamentary Constituency, Sangma said without mentioning particular of the any of the ally of BJP-led coalition government in the state which NPP is also a part.

Regarding the poll plank of the party, the Meghalaya chief minister asserted that party’s stand on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 remained unchanged.

“Our stand on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is very clear. We will always oppose the bill. NPP will sever all ties with the party that attempted to pass the CAB,” he said without mentioning BJP directly.

He said that NPP had strongly opposed the passing of CAB and had even threatened to sever ties with the BJP-led NDA if the bill was passed when BJP-led NDA government attempted to introduce it for passing in the Rajya Sabha during the last seating.

It may be mentioned that NPP had reiterated its firm stand on bill when BJP national president Amit Shah assured bringing CAB again if the party retained power after the Lok Sabha elections 2019 at a party rally in Assam in February. Asserting that a lot of challenges are being facing by the Northeast states, he said that some of them were common challenges which a united struggle was needed.

Northeast states needed a common platform while dealing with the common challenges of the people of the region, he asserted, and sought the support of the people of the state in acting as such platform.

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