Aizawl: Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Thursday said that the incumbent Congress party in Mizoram has failed to fulfill the aspirations of the people. He said that this betrayal of the party would turn into an opportunity for National People’s Party (NPP).
“Betrayal by the Congress is a blessing for NPP in Mizoram and we promise to live up to the expectations of the people of the state. We are very much optimistic that people of Mizoram will give us a mandate to be part of the government formation,” said Sangma, who is also the national president of NPP.
NPP is contesting in nine constituencies in the 40-member state assembly.
Addressing an election rally at Kawnpui town under Tuirial constituency, where sitting MLA Hmingdailova Khiangte is fighting the election on an NPP ticket, he said, “Lord has a plan for NPP. He has planned something very big for us. By denying ticket to Khiangte, the Congress party has not just betrayed him but the people of Tuirial constituency. I promise that after the result of this election, NPP will play a major role in the formation of the government and Pu Khiangte will be part of the cabinet.”
Khiangte, a two-time MLA from Tuirial constituency, was never inducted in the cabinet. The Congress sidelined him on many occasions when he raised the concerns of the people of Tuirial.
“During Manipur election also, veterans were denied ticket by the Congress. Few of them contested from NPP and won the election to become part of the government in the state of Manipur,” he added.
He urged the people of Mizoram to give a clear message to the Congress that an elected representative should not be betrayed.
Projecting the party as champions of the tribals and the Christian community, Sangma said, “When our Christian brothers and sisters are harassed … NPP stood up to fight for their cause. When the whole world in silent and mute … NPP has voiced their concerns in all platforms including Parliament.”
He added that he has come to Mizoram to unite all the tribals and urged the voters to vote for NPP.
“By empowering NPP, we can ensure that in future our people from North East and Christians are protected. People in different parts of North East have realised that NPP is fighting for the people of Northeast,” he added.
Expressing that in the past six years NPP has penetrated in four states of the Northeast, he said, “It was time for the people in Mizoram to have faith in NPP and give an opportunity to us to be part of the government.”