Shillong: Meghalaya chief minister and National People’s Party (NPP) leader Conrad K Sangma on Thursday inaugurated the party’s new office in New Delhi.
Being the eighth national party of the country, NPP was allotted an office by the Centre at 75, North Avenue in the national capital.
The inauguration was made in the presence of Meghalaya deputy CM Prestone Tynsong, Manipur deputy CM Joykumar Singh and a host of party leaders from different parts of the country, including Rajya Sabha MP Dr W R Kharlukhi and Lok Sabha MP Agatha K Sangma.
The NPP is a national-level political party, though its influence is mostly concentrated in Meghalaya. The party was founded by P A Sangma after his expulsion from the NCP in July 2012. It was accorded national party status on June 7, 2019.
During the inauguration of the office, NPP founder late PA Sangma’s wife Soradini K Sangma was also present, besides former Meghalaya CM and NPP national vice president Dr DD Lapang.
Speaking at the inaugural function, CM Sangma dedicated the party office to his late father PA Sangma.
“No political party from Northeast India has ever achieved this level,” he said, adding that the inauguration of the party office in Delhi is a great moment for the people of the region.
Sangma also told the gathering that the NPP has been working with a focused approach to reach out to different parts of the country, wherever the vacuum for political leadership was required.
“NPP has started its journey with focus from Northeast but is slowly expanding its reach for the greater cause of the minorities and the marginalised section of society,” he added.
“In the coming days, NPP will further strengthen itself and will emerge as a major political forces and will ensure victory of the party in Manipur, which is slated for polls in 2022,” he said, while expressing confidence that the next chief minister in the state will be from NPP.
Sangma also welcomed various leaders from different political parties, who joined the party on Thursday and will contest for the upcoming election in Manipur.
Meghalaya deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said, “It is a proud moment for Northeast as the National People’s Party has its full-fledged office in Delhi.”
He further urged the party functionaries to work together to keep the flag of NPP high and work to fructify the dreams of its founder late PA Sangma.
Manipur deputy chief minister Joykumar Singh said that NPP leadership has been working to ensure that the party becomes a mighty political force across Northeast.
“We made a humble beginning in Manipur. Today, we have become an acceptable party in Manipur and have expanded our wings across the state. In the next election, we will contest from the majority of seats to validate our party’s victory,” he added.
Former Meghalaya CM and NPP national vice president DD Lapang said that late PA Sangma was the pride of Northeast, who demonstrated that nothing is impossible to achieve.
“He began his political career from scratch and held one of the highest positions by being the speaker of the Lok Sabha. His political stewardship will always be remembered and history will record his life in letters of gold”, he said.
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