“We want to push for a strong political voice from the region to safeguard the interests of the people,” says Conrad Sangma.
Apr 06, 2019, 11.00 PM IST
Conrad Sangma, Meghalaya Chief MinisterThe NPP has decided to contest separately from the BJP. What are your plans?
We have decided to contest on 11 seats in the Northeast and expect to win majority of them.
What are the issues you are fighting on?
We are fighting the polls on the issues of Citizenship Amendment Bill and Inner Line Permit. The NPP was formed with the aim of bringing all the people of the region together. We want the indigenous people to be able to maintain their identity. The party is committed to the cause of indigenous people, minorities and the marginalised. We want to ensure that the indigenous people and the minorities have their political say. We want to push for a strong political voice from the region to safeguard the interests of the people.
Former CM and Congress leader Mukul Sangma is standing against your sister Agatha Sangma in Tura. How tough is it for the NPP?
No election is easy and we have to work hard to win the seat. But knowing the sentiments of the people of
, we are confident of a convincing victory in not just Tura but Shillong as well.
Without a pre-poll alliance with the BJP and portraying the NPP as a pan-northeast party, will these factors not benefit the Congress?
We are fighting the election on our own to strengthen the NPP and to establish it as a platform for the region. Non-Congress parties will win maximum seats in the region. A large section of the Northeast has said that NPP is the only party that can unite the voice of the region and made it heard in Delhi. The NPP is the party of the Northeast.
The Congress is saying the NPP will support the BJP to pass CAB after the elections.
We have and remain committed to the people of Northeast and can never support any bill that could affect their interest. Congress excels in the field of lying.
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