Tuesday, November 29, 2022

NPP to contest maximum assembly seats

Correspondent

The National People’s Party, NPP, which leads the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance, MDA, will be contesting in not less than 54 seats in the 2023 assembly elections and is confident of securing a majority even as its first list of candidates will be announced soon, State unit president of the party and Rajya Sabha member WR Kharlukhi has said. “I have discussed with the Chief Minister that besides the manifesto, we will come up with the things that we have done,” he said while talking about the preparations of the party for the polls.
On the prospects of the BJP fielding Bernard Marak from South Tura, Kharlukhi took a dig saying that everyone has seen the videos of what happened in Rimpu Bagan.
“If that ‘Bagan’ is for that then I don’t know what type of MLA they (the BJP) are putting,” he said To a question if the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma feels threatened of Marak contesting against him, he maintained that if the NPP feels threatened then it would not fight elections.
Terming the BJP as a toothless tiger, he said, “I don’t take the BJP seriously because they just talk and not do anything”. He further claimed that by January next year, eight MLAs will be joining the NPP even though he refused to disclose their names even as he divulged that three sitting MLAs will not get the party ticket.
On the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Kharlukhi defended himself and the party saying that when Agatha K. Sangma had supported the CAB she was not yet an NPP MP in the Rajya Sabha and that as a party the NPP fought against it.
“We fought as a party against the CAA and it was Chief Minister Conrad Sangma who convened a meeting at Guwahati against it,” he said maintaining what Agatha said was not what the party said and that there was no division in the NPP.
He also dismissed contentions of the opposition TMC that the NPP would not fare well in the Garo Hills, saying the party would do even better.

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