NPP national president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma

The National People’s Party (NPP), led by Conrad Sangma, a key ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Arunachal Pradesh, has opted out of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the state. Instead, it has pledged its support to NDA candidates.

NPP national president and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma confirmed this decision in a social media post, stating that the party’s national committee has resolved not to contest the two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal Pradesh. Sangma also directed the party’s state committee to endorse and back NDA candidates in the hilly state.

The ruling BJP has already named its candidates for the two parliamentary constituencies – Kiren Rijiju for Arunachal West and Tapir Gao for Arunachal East.

While foregoing the Lok Sabha contest, the NPP has announced its intent to participate in the forthcoming assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh. The party aims to field candidates in 30 out of the 60 assembly seats, as confirmed by its state leadership.

Arunachal Pradesh is scheduled to hold Assembly polls in a single phase, coinciding with the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 19, as announced by the Election Commission in New Delhi.

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