The National People’s Party (NPP) on September 29 formally entered the election fray in poll-bound Mizoram.
Party national president and chief minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma attended the launch programme at Aizwal along with a number of NPP leaders, public leaders and the general public.
“NPP has been working to build the party in Mizoram for the past one and half year to make its ground ready for its launch. The party has launched its campaign with its slogan – ‘One Voice, One Northeast’,” a statement released by the party said.
Speaking on the occasion, Sangma said that NPP is embarking on a mission to rebuild Mizoram and restore the identity of the people of the region and make the voice and concerns of the people heard at the corridor of power.
“The seed of the party to be a pan-Northeast was laid by the founding leader late PA Sangma. We are continuing the 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 fulfil the dreams of the people,” he said.
Expressing confidence that NPP will be able to make a significant impact in the political landscape of Mizoram, a Christian-dominated tribal state of Northeast, Sangma said, “India is home to over 100 million tribal population but the voice of our people in the political arena is bare minimal. Almost 50 years after India’s Independence, a tribal was inducted in the Union cabinet. I am not blaming anybody but trying to put the fact right that tribals and Northeast has not got its due space and position in the political landscape. NPP believes in the ideology of uniting the voice of Northeast under one umbrella and one platform.”
He said that NPP is working with a focus to expand its base in fulfilling the mandate of the party that stands for unity of Northeast. “We want to emerge as a strong voice for our people from Northeast,” he added.