Aizawl:The Mizoram unit of the National People’s Party (NPP) was formally launched in a poll-bound Mizoram on Saturday.
NPP national president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma launched the northeastern and tribal-centric party in a function held at Aijal Club here amidst enthusiasm and jubilant mood from party workers.
Launching the party, Sangma said it was a landmark and historic event in the political domain of the party.
He said that the NPP was established by his late father and former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma with a vision to make it pan North-East that fight for the cause of the tribals, religious minorities and the people of North East to ensure that their voices are heard by Delhi.
“It was A continuous journey started long time ago by him (Purno Sangma). He had set the agenda for the people of Northeast, the tribals of the country, Christians and other minorities. It is those ideas and the vision that is driving NPP to channelize its energy to fulfill the dreams of the people,” he said.
Calling upon people to fulfill and materialize the vision that PA Sangma has for the North East, Sangma said that there are over 100 million tribal people in the country whose voices were paid unheeded by Delhi and the North East region lags behind others because it has been neglected by the mainstream politics.
He said that the NPP will stand and fight for the right of the tribal and the people of NE.
He added that NPP is the only political party that speaks up if there is any atrocities or challenge forced on the Christians, tribals and minorities in the country.
“We will always stand for STs and their rights. Let us join hand together to push forward PA Sangma’s vision for the development of Northeast region, tribal people and Christian minorities,” he said.
Sangma also called upon the youth of North East to go beyond reservation, take up the challenge and compete with rest of the world.
“The day when tribal people go beyond reservation, change will happen,” he said.
Citing about the purpose of the launch of NPP in Mizoram, Sangma said that they are here not only to play politics and fight election but with a purpose to bring wind of change, to serve the people and carry forward the vision of “one voice- one northeast.”
He urged the people of Mizoram to join hands with the NPP for change and all-round development in the state.
Though it is just 6-year-old, the NPP is spreading very fast and has scattered almost in the entire North East and become an important part of the government in four North-Eastern states, he said.
Speaking to reporters after the official launch of the party, the 40-year-old leader from Tura, who assumed the president of NPP after the death of his father in 2016 and become chief minister of Meghalaya this year, said that the NPP would play a vital role in the formation of government in Mizoram.
“We are very very positive that the NNP will play a very important role in the formation of government in Mizoram. We are expecting hung assembly in the state as no political party is likely to get the required number of seat according to the present political scenario,” he said.
He said that his party would field candidate as much as possible without forging pre-poll alliance with any political parties.
Sangma also said that his party would give priority to streamlining the governance to ensure that whatever fund come from the centre reach the people.
The party would also focus on infrastructure development including road, power and water supply and also special attention would be given to socio-economic sectors, he added.
He said that his party would establish a permanent office in Aizawl shortly.
The launch programme was attended by galaxy of NPP leaders including Meghalaya home minister James K. Sangma, deputy speaker Timothy D. Shira, Manipur sports minister Letpao Haokip, chief advisor to the Chief Minister Thomas A. Sangma and Meghalaya government chief whip Marcuise Marak.