DIMAPUR, JANUARY 6: The National People’s Party (NPP), which is geared up for the forthcoming Assembly polls in Nagaland, today expressed confidence that people of Nagaland would give it a chance.
“I believe, in the present political situation in Nagaland, people are looking for a good alternative and NPP will be good alternative…,” Conrad K Sangma, NPP National President told media persons here.
Sangma, who is on his maiden visit to Nagaland after the formation of the state unit last month, said that Nagaland is going through a difficult phase with big political crisis. He said individuals are working for personal interests and interest of the people are already lost. Stating that NPP would be a major political force in Nagaland, Sangma said lots of young and experienced people are coming forward to the NPP as they feel that it would allow them to bring out their visions.
While the NPP is still setting up its various units and appointing officials in Nagaland, it is also ready to field candidates in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
Replying to a query on how many candidates the NPP would field, Nagaland State unit president,
Ato Yepthomi said that as a political party it would be looking for fielding candidates in all 60 Assembly constituencies, but they are planning to set up winnable candidates in few constituencies.
“We may set up 30-35 candidates,” he said. When asked whether the NPP would welcome politicians from other political parties, Conrad said that they would first screen such people and accordingly decide on fielding them. He also ruled out alliance with any political party as of now in Nagaland.
“We will go alone in Nagaland as well as Meghalaya,” he said. Spelling out the priorities of the NPP, Sangma said that they are mainly focussed on development of Northeast. He said they are prioritising developments in key areas, roads, connectivity, youths and employment, besides agriculture and tourism.
The NPP president said they would ensure that good governance takes place. When asked about the party’s stand on Naga issue, Sangma said, “We feel that peace talks are very crucial not only for Nagaland but also for the Northeast.”
He said there should be complete solution, adding peace is important for development of the region.
Replying to a query on use of money power in elections, he said NPP would not encourage money to be used to manipulate the voters. On the current Clean Election Campaign in Nagaland, he said, “It all depends whether the people of Nagaland wants us to be clean party or not, whether they are willing to come out on the streets and vote for us. Our party supports the campaign.” He also said that the party is not contesting the elections this time alone, but has a long term plan in Nagaland. He said the party is working for the people of the entire Northeast. Earlier, he said the NPP is happy to see the kind of political response in Nagaland and Manipur, where it won 4 seats in the last elections. He also expressed confidence that the NPP would form the next government in Meghalaya. (Page News Service)