NPP to contest Arunachal Assembly election alone: Conrad

Itanagar, January 12 (PTI): The National Peoples Party, which is part of the BJP-led coalition North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) would contest the Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections alone, NPP president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has said. “The NPP plans to contest as many Assembly seats as possible in Arunachal Pradesh alone while remaining a partner of the NEDA,” he told reporters here Friday.

Terming NEDA as a platform to plan for economic development, he said that all parties are free to maintain their respective identity which the NPP would do. That is why despite alliance with Arunachal Pradesh’s ruling BJP government, the NPP would fight Assembly seats alone, the NPP president said.

Assembly elections in Arunachal Pradesh are due along with the Lok Sabha elections.

The NPP is part of the BJP-led N Biren Singh government in Manipur and also of the Neiphiu Rio led NDDP government in Nagaland. The BJP is a junior coalition partner in the Conrad K Sangma government in Meghalaya. The Meghalaya chief minister, who also holds charge of the Finance portfolio said he would call a conclave of all North East Finance ministers for close inter-state cooperation which would immensely benefit the region.