NPP gears up for Assembly polls in Arunachal; keen to contest all LS seats in NE

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ITANAGAR | Jan 11,2019:

With the Assembly polls approaching in Arunachal Pradesh, the National People's Party (NPP) is all set to consolidate its base in the state by intending to field candidates in as many seats as possible and to refrain from forging any pre-poll alliance.

"In Arunachal Pradesh, we intend to fight this election and work towards making sure that we win as many seats as possible and try to put up as many candidates as we can," NPP national president and Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma told media persons after the State Executive Meeting of NPP in Arunachal Pradesh today.

Expressing optimism on the positive outcome of the election in Arunachal, Conrad said "A lot of people have given a lot of support to the NPP and you will see many candidates who will come up in this election. I can tell you that the response that we have been getting from the people is tremendous."

The NPP has 7 MLA in the BJP-ruled government in Arunachal Pradesh. The party got a major boost on July 16 last year, when seven out of total nine People's Party of Arunachal (PPA) legislators joined the party.

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Reading out the important agendas of the party for the upcoming polls, the NPP national president said "In the coming days, we will plan out and strategize how the NPP will work in the coming elections. This is to gear up our youths, our women, our organizations and the committees in all the different blocks, districts and state level to ensure that we start working more aggressively towards the coming Assembly elections in the state."

The Meghalaya Chief Minister also assured to look into the problems faced by the people of Arunachal and if voted to power, the party will try to find solutions to all these burning issues. "In Arunachal, as you are aware, the SSA teachers are facing a lot of problems, it will be the endeavour of our legislators, our party and our government to find a solution to their problems," added Conrad.

Besides the above, Conrad also stated that the party has always believed "Education to be an agent of change" — Education is important to ensure that any society and state moves forward. Therefore the NPP will work towards ensuring that education is given top priority," he added.

Furthermore, he stated the NPP will focus on other sectorslike agriculture, infrastructural development, IT, social issues, health,social welfares, economic development and the likes.

Meanwhile, the NPP national president also informed that theNPP is keen to contest all the Lok Sabha seats in Northeast. "Since we are a partythat represents the Northeast, we believe that the NPP should and we will tryour best to contest in all the 24 seats in the different states of the NEregion. That is the only way to ensure that our voice is heard, to ensure thatour message reached everyone," added Conrad.

Reacting to a query on seat-sharing owing to its alliance with BJP in NEDA (North East Democratic Alliance), Conrad said, "NEDA is not a platform where we discuss our alliance or partnership, it is a platform where we discuss about development, work together on important issues and security aspects"

He further explained that NEDA is a collection of differentpolitical parties of the region. "It does not necessarily mean that we have apolitical alliance in terms of seat sharing. NPP is party that has its ownidentity, vision, beliefs and we will never compromise on that."

It may be mentioned that at present, the NPP is in alliance with the BJP in four states – Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

The executive meet was attended by NPP leaders from across the Northeast including Meghalaya Home Minister, James Sangma, Manipur Deputy Chief Minister, Y Joykumar besides others.