STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 7th Apr: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma Saturday said that National People’s Party (NPP) will unite the north eastern states and fight together the challenges faced by its people for a better future of the region.
The Meghalaya chief minister was attending a felicitation function hosted by the party’s Manipur unit in his and the NPP cabinet ministers in the BJP-led coalition government at Lamboi Khongnangkhong here.
Expressing satisfaction over the hospitality shown by the people of Manipur to him, Conrad said that the northeast states have similar historical and cultural background. At the same time, there are many differences among the NE states and some political parties are taking advantage of these differences by dividing the region. But the time has come for the region to unite and NPP knows how to unite the states and the people towards a common goal, he said.
The main objective of the party is to build a common platform for the region where its people can raise their common voices and concern in order to accelerate development in the northeast region. The party is also hoping for a united effort to take maximum advantage of the North East Industrial Fellowship Policy, Act East Policy and connectivity programme to usher in development in the region, he continued.
Congratulating Mirabai Chanu and Sanjita Chanu of Manipur on winning the first two gold medals of the country in the ongoing Commonwealth Games, Conrad said that he felt proud of them as they hail from the northeast region.
Maintaining that the youth of the northeast region are talented in many fields, he said that the party will do everything in its power to promote youth of the region in different sectors.
Manipur deputy chief minister Y Joykumar, who presided over the function, said that NPP is a party that believes in a united northeast. The national parties in the country are only concerned about their agenda and ideology and this lead to lack of attention towards northeast. On the other hand, regional parties in the region are driven by issues concerning their respective states. In such a situation, NPP is the only party that could unite the region and its people towards a better future, he said.
Health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar said that people of the northeast states have a special bond of unity when they are in other parts of the country. However, as soon as they return home, they seem to forget that bonding and this often leads to a situation where bringing unity is almost impossible. Considering the challenges lying ahead of the region, it is high time for the people of the region to stand united and face the challenges with the voice and strength of unity for a better future, he exhorted.
At the same time, a democratic and united platform is also important to bring the much needed unity among the people of the region and NPP is that platform, the minister added. Maintaining that the northeast region is the least developed region in the entire country, NPP state president Thangminlen Kipgen emphasised on the need for bringing unity among the NE states to bring development.
NPP working president Ajang Khongsai said that the party is successful in increasing its presence in the region with four MLAs in Manipur and two in Nagaland. Party leader PA Sangma had shown the party’s strength in the national level by producing two MPs from Rajasthan in 2012.
Informing that the party was founded by late N Ibomcha fondly reffered to as Tera Laimu and strengthened by PA Sangma, Ajang maintained that the seed of unity sown by founders of the party has now grown and it is time to increase its strength further for a united northeast.