Imphal: National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad Sangma, who is also the chief minister of Meghalaya, said on Friday that the NPP is the only party that is capable of leading Manipur and be the voice of the people of the northeast region.

Taking to his Twitter handle, Sangma said, “NPP will always be the voice of the diverse region and is the only party capable of leading Manipur.”

We are convinced that the overwhelming support from the people of Manipur will ensure our party’s victory in the ensuing election, he added.

While speaking at the political meeting and flag hoisting programme in Manipur’ Churachandpur district, Sangma also said that the political scenario in Manipur is changing very fast. 

“In the recent months and years, people have started loosing faith in the different national parties that have come and ruled the state of Manipur. People are looking for an alternative to lead the state. People have given the chance to different national parties like the BJP and Congress but they failed to understand the complexities and the different needs of our people. And hence, they are not been able to continue and sustain their efforts,” said Sangma, who is on a four-day campaign trail in poll-bound Manipur.

Sangma said the people of Manipur are now looking at the NPP, a party that is made out of the northeast and a party that understands the different issues and areas of concern.

“Today, in different parts of the northeast, people have started accepting the NPP as a true alternative to govern the state. In Manipur also, people are looking up to the NPP to show and lead the way to a new Manipur,” he added.

The NPP chief is confident that his party will emerge as the single-largest party in the 12th Manipur Legislative assembly elections.

On Thursday, the NPP released its third list of candidates for the Manipur polls. The names of nine more candidates, including former BJP MLA from Wangkhei AC, Y Erabot Singh, were released by Sangma himself.

According to party sources, the NPP will contest all 60 seats in the Manipur assembly polls. So far, the party has announced 42 candidates. 

In 2017, the NPP had contested in nine constituencies, of which it won four seats and formed an alliance with the BJP-led government.

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