By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, June 24: National People’s Party (NPP) president-cum-Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma true to the commitment of to make the party voce of NE region has expanded the organisation by inducting two Arunachal leaders as national secretaries.
They are former independent legislator Paknga Bage who has been given charge of Nagaland while Gamlin in-charge of media, social media & communication as he was former editor-cum-publisher of local English daily Eastern Sentinel.
“Communication plays an important role in politics in an age of information. Gamlin with prior experience in the field of journalism will be an asset for the party. He understands the nuances of media and communication and knows the industry very well. I know he will be a friend to all media person, particularly in NE India and provide required information to the media,” his appointment letter said.
Bage and Gamlin had unsuccessfully contested on NPP ticket from Dumporijo and Liromoba assembly seat respectively in 2019.
It may be mentioned here that the NPP with ‘book’ as its symbol, the first party from the North East, was recognized by the Election Commission of India (ECI) as a national party on June 7 last, which was termed by Sangma as “achievement of the people of NE for their overwhelming support and trust bestowed on the party.”
Although the NPP had its base in Manipur, former Lok Sabha speaker Purno Agitok Sangma expanded it when he took over in January 2013.
The NPP is heading BJP-backed Govt in Meghalaya, supporting ruling BJP in Manipur and allies of ruling NDA at the Centre. The party won five seats in recently held Arunachal Assembly election while Sangma’s sister Agatha won from Tura Lok Sabha seat in Meghalaya.
The ECI notification came after the NPP fulfilled all criteria. According to Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order, 1968, a political party can be recognized as a national party: if its candidates secure at least 6% votes polled in four or more states in Lok Sabha or assembly elections; if it has at least four Lok Sabha members; it has to have at least 2%t of total Lok Sabha seats; its candidates come from not less than three states and it is recognized as a state party in at least four states.
Expressing his happiness, Bage told this daily over telephone that they both will work hard to expand the party base at grassroots level.
Welcoming the new appointees, state NPP president Gicho Kabak and vice president Nima Sange Sailing said that the duo with their experiences would help strengthen the party for its further growth.