Aizawl: The National People’s Party (NPP) is hopeful of fielding more than 25 seats for the upcoming election to 40-member Mizoram assembly scheduled to be held on 28 November.
“Many people have asked for party tickets and more than 25 candidates mostly youths are presently in the line. We will finalise list of candidates shortly,” NPP Nangaland general secretary Sasank Ghatraj told a press conference here on Monday.
He, however, could not confirm how many seat the party will contest in the upcoming assembly elections.
“We will contest as much seat as possible,” he said.
Ghatraj, who is also national observer Mizoram said that the NPP will forge neither pre-poll alliance nor post poll alliance.
He said that the party would fight the election alone and play a major role in the polls.
The Northeastern based and tribal centric NPP was launched by the party president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma on 29 September in Aizawl.
It is part of the BJP-led NDA at the Centre and a constituent of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). In Meghalaya, the NPP is the major partner of the ruling MDA alliance while in Nagaland and Manipur it is also part of the ruling alliance.
Ghatraj said that the party was established with a vision of making it pan northeast- to fight for the cause of tribal and minorities of the region so that their voices are heard by Delhi.
He added that the NPP came for the people of Mizoram and development of the state.
Ghatraj claimed that the NPP was launched in Mizoram at a perfect time.
He expressed confidence that the party would be part of the government in Mizoram.
“Mizoram will witness a coalition government where the NPP will be definitely part of it,” he said.
Meanwhile, state BJP vice president Suanzalang joined the NPP on Monday.
Citing about the reason for his leaving the BJP, Suanzalang said it was due to mistrust and betrayal.
He alleged that BJP did no honour its promises to field him as party official candidate.
The BJP has so far released names of 13 candidates for the assembly polls.