Imphal: The National People’s party (NPP) and chief minister of Meghalaya Conrad K Sangma on Thursday has kicked-off the campaign for the upcoming by-election in Manipur.
Conrad along with other party leaders arrived in the state on Thursday morning and on the same day, he addressed the party’s lone candidate Khuiraijam Loken Singh‘s election rally at his home ground constituency – 22 Wangoi AC- in Imphal West district.
NPP candidate Loken Singh will fight against the BJP candidate and agriculture minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh and Salam Joy of Congress in the Wangoi AC.
Speaking exclusively with EastMojo at the party office, Conrad, while expressing his gratitude to the people in the state, especially Wangoi locals, for the momentum gathering at the rally, exuded confidence about his party winning in the Constituency.
“I am told that not just today’s meeting but in all the meetings that he has had, the crowd has been tremendous and we are very happy with this,” said Conrad Sangma.
“I am confident that he (Loken) will win this by-poll with a very good margin,” added the NPP chief.
However, NPP chief stated that the party, a coalition partner in Manipur, will continue to support the BJP government despite political turmoil seen over the last few months.
“We are in a coalition and leaders of the party have decided to continue to support BJP but if the decision has to be taken, we will take it in an appropriate time after consulting everybody, including party leadership and coalition partners,” informed Conrad.
For the upcoming by-poll, Conrad has urged the people of the state to come out and vote.
“This is a good opportunity to really express the feeling they have and since Manipur is a really high potential state, we feel that if the right candidates are elected, we will be able to take this in the right direction,” he added.
Four Assembly constituencies namely Wangoi, Lilong, Wangjing Tentha and Saitu are voting on November 7. However, for Singhat AC, BJP candidate Ginsuanhua Zou has been elected as unopposed after an independent candidate withdrew from his candidature.