Northeast News | IMPHAL | Mar 29
National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma has said that it is time for the people of Northeast to send a clear message to New Delhi that the region cannot be taken for granted citing the constant step motherly treatment meted out to the region.
Sangma was addressing an election rally for NPP candidate Thangminlen Kipgen in Churachandpur district today.
He maintained that Delhi does not take the Northeastern states seriously for the fact that most of the states (Northeastern) have just one or two MPs and the disunity amongst the people.
“Mizoram has got only one Lok Sabha seat while Manipur, Meghalaya, and Arunachal has only two seats each. Unlike the NE States, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have huge number of seats which is why doors are wide open to them (big states) in Delhi”, Sangma said.
But, the people should release that when combined together the region has 25 MPs. As such, if the 25 MPs raise their voice in unison for any genuine demand New Delhi will have no choice but to concede, he added.
“If they know that the region is united Delhi would not dare to bring CAB in Northeast. But, they know that we are not united”, he said.
The people’s movement against the CAB, which forced New Delhi to withdraw the Bill, have shown the capability of a united Northeast, he asserted adding that the NPP has taken up the challenge to bring the entire region to a common platform.
He appealed the people of Northeast to come together as one to bring a change in the region.
Today the entire Northeast is realising that we must come together and voice together, he added.
The NPP came into being from the state of Manipur. It is the fastest growing party not only in the region but in the whole country because of the vision and ideology of NPP set by PAUL Sangma, the NPP leader said.
Appealing at the gathering Sangma appealed the people to together bring forward the people of the Northeast. He appealed to support Thangminlien so that he would work not only for Manipur but for the entire Northeast region.
Thangminlien Kipgen said that he does not have much to say other than what his party leaders had already conveyed and he was ready to work for the upliftment of the hills of Manipur, the State and the entire Northeast as it was the plan of his party of having a collective voice in Parliament through their representatives.
He also assured that he will not shy away from doing what is due from him if he was elected to the parliament, and he will bring about all-round developments under the stewardship of Conrad K. Sangma.
The NPP team also welcomed former MP outer Manipur constituency, Kim Gangte, who officially joined the party. Kim who was an intending candidate of BJP, resigned from the party on Wednesday after she was dropped from the ticket race. Moreover, the Sangma and team also felicitated members of the BJP who joined the NPP. Similar, rally was also organised in Sugnu.