By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Mar 19: The National People’s Party (NPP) with joining of many aspiring candidates including six sitting BJP MLAs and two ministers have emerged as a strong political force and fight the ensuing assembly polls without any pre-alliance with any party and confident of forming next Govt in Arunachal Pradesh.
Addressing press persons after holding meeting of party leaders here on Tuesday, NPP general secretary Thomas A Sangma said that about 45 candidates would be fielded as 18 aspirants joined today and the list would be announced tomorrow. “We are confident of winning in at least 32 to 35 seats to form the Govt. Winability is the first criteria and the decision to field candidates for Lok Sabha would be decided soon.
Moreover, the NPP would field Lok Sabha seats 9 in Assam, one each in Meghalaya, Manipur and Kerala besides contesting in Nagaland and Meghalya bye-elections, he said.
NPP state spokesman-cum-MLA Mutchu Mithi clarified that the party would not contest for the sake of contesting but with commitment with its own ideology but not as any party’s team ‘B’. In case adequate mandate is not given by the people, the NPP would ally with like-minded parties to form Govt and unsure that NE voice is heard in New Delhi.
Home Minister Kumar Waii said that NPP formed by trend setting leader late P A Sangma has made NE region’s presence felt in Delhi because of dynamic leadership of present president-cum-Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.
Taking a dig at BJP, he said many of the same family getting party ticket and even by joining party while senior and long serving leaders were deprived reflecting that BJP believes in parivarwad contrary to what Prime Minister Narednra Modi tells about other party.
Arunachal Pradesh, a secular state where tribal people belonging to various religions, languages and cultures have been living in communal harmony, but BJP has been anti-religion to spread disunity in the state, he said adding the strong foundation of NPP would lead to a successful political mission.
Former senior journalist Jarpum Gamlin, who resigned from BJP as general secretary, said that he choose between his people and the party as he was given last minute assurance for ticket which was proved wrong.
MLA Wangling Lowangdong said NPP is the best party to meet the aspirations of the NE people and work to accelerate the process of development. MLA Pani Taram dittoed his views, saying lot of works was still unfinished in underdeveloped Kurung Kumey district, particularly in his Koloriang Assembly constituency which he would like to accomplish.
Those present included NPP president Gicho Kabak, Industries Minister Jarkar Gamlin, Tapuk Taku (Seppa East), Pangka Bage (Dumporijo), Nikh Kamin (Bordumsa-Diyun), Tahngwang Wangham (Longding-Pumao), Tsering Gyurme (Dirang), advocate Tony Pertin, Karto Kayi, to name a few. But a party leader hinted that almost all were candidates.