Friday, October 7, 2022

NPP aims for bigger footprint in Nagaland

Staff Reporter

National People’s Party (NPP) has plans for a bigger footprint in Nagaland and the Northeastern states by setting up candidates in Assembly elections.
This was disclosed by NPP general secretary and Arunachal Pradesh unit president and MLA, Mutchu Mithi who was interacting with media persons at the party office at Thahekhu here today.
With Nagaland set to go to polls in early part of 2023, Mithi said his visit was to take stock of the ground situation regarding organisational setup.
When asked how many candidates the party will be fielding in the next elections, Mithi said it was too early to give out the numbers, but confirmed that based on a comprehensive study of the situation in the state, the party would definitely field candidates.
On having pre-poll alliance with other parties, Mithi said this would be looked upon after the election, adding that it was not right to talk about pre-poll alliance at the moment.
Mithi maintained that the organisational structure of the party was more important now as this would help and assist the candidates.
He said that though NPP was fairly new in Nagaland, yet it was able to field candidates in the 2018 Assembly election where two were elected but ultimately left the party.
On the scenario in Nagaland, Mithi noted that while regional parties were ruling for the past two decades, their presence was confined to the State only.
He said Nagas aspired for bigger platform and that was why NPP wants to have a bigger footprint in Nagaland.
On the party’s focus in Nagaland, Mithi said NPP was committed to repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). He said this was among the main agenda of the party in its fight for people of the Northeast and their aspirations.
He mentioned that only the Centre can repeal the Act but added that the recommendation of the State government played a vital role in this regard.
On why NPP could not get AFSPA removed from Manipur despite the party being part of the ruling coalition, Mithi said the government there was headed by a “certain” party that held sway over other parties due to its numerical superiority in terms of legislators.
He said once NPP became stronger, it would play more proactive role in raising issues of public interest.
On whether NPP would also stand against use of money power in elections, he said in Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland, these were the two states where a lot of money is spent by contestants to fight elections. In this regard, he assured that NPP would strive for a transparent government that would curtail use of money power in the State to enable transparency in all government schemes.
He claimed that NPP is the only national party from the Northeast having a vision for the region and for which it has earned the trust of people.
Asked if NPP was in talks with BJP in Manipur in the likely scenario of forming a coalition government, Mithi, who was enroute to Manipur, asserted that the part will respect the verdict of the people and would be open to work with al like-minded parties. He clarified that there was no pre-poll alliance with the BJP in Manipur for the upcoming election.
NPP Nagaland president Dr Andrew Ahoto, also present on the occasion, said the party’s agenda was to fulfil the aspirations of the people. NPP State unit advisor and ex-MLA, Deo Nukhu disclosed that the party was not averse to forming any alliance with any majority party.