NPP to field 30 plus candidates in upcoming Manipur polls
Imphal, Sep. 11 (EMN): National People’s Party (NPP), a major coalition partner in the BJP-led government in Manipur, will field 30 plus candidates in the upcoming assembly elections due early 2022.
Conveying this, NPP President and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conard K Sangma,said, “We’ve people who have shown interest and so will be fielding 30 plus seats in the coming state assembly elections (in Manipur) as we would like to give a good fight in every assembly constituency.”
Sangma was giving his statement after attending party leaders meeting as part of his two-day visit to the state followed by formation of a youth wing for the upcoming elections here this afternoon.
Sangma said that NPP which had grown with just two MLAs was now a nationally recognised party, and it was firm on the ideology of creating and giving the platform to the people of the Northeast in order to ensure the voices of the people and issues of the region are heard at the national level.
Currently, NPP has MLAs in three state assemblies. In the March 2017 assembly election, NPP won four seats (out of its nine candidates) in the house of 60 members and subsequently all four -Y Joykumar, L Jayantakumar, N Kayisii and Letpao Haokip were inducted as Cabinet ministers.
However Jayentakumar and Kayisii were dropped in a ministry reshuffle last year.
“In the last elections in Manipur as well as the previous elections in Meghalaya, Nagaland and other states, NPP had maintained its own identity with its own constituency. Hence we’ll fight elections on our own and based on the outcome of the political scenario we’ll decide how to go further.
“In Manipur we’ve seen that the main coalition partner had also said they will also go on its own. Therefore every political party has the right to contest the elections,” he added.
On the poll plank of the party, he said, “We’ve been focussing a lot on the overall economic development of our region. Manipur is going to be no different for us. We want the economic policies to be given priority.”
“The large issues of unemployment, large issues of inflation and different economic aspects, large areas of infrastructure and issues of farmers etc will also be the top priority of the party”, he added.