AIZAWL, Sept 24: With an eye on Mizoram Assembly elections, the National People’s Party (NPP) plans to officially launch Mizoram State unit in September. NPP national spokesperson James Sangma said Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will launch the party’s Mizoram unit in Aizawl. “NPP has decided to contest the upcoming Mizoram elections, I am here to meet party functionaries. Details of leadership will be announced very soon,” James Sangma said. 

He expressed optimism that NPP will open account in the State Assembly polls due to be held in late November or early December. On speculations that the ousted Congress vice president and resigned Home Minister R Lalzirliana would head the party in Mizoram, Sangma said he has been meeting Lalzirliana for quite a number of times and they discussed current politics. “We have been in talks with the former Health Minister Lalzirliana and other politicians too. Things will get clear soon,” Sangma said. The NPP is part of the BJP-led NDA at Centre and is a constituent of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). 

In Meghalaya, NPP is the major partner of the ruling MDA alliance while in Nagaland and Manipur, it is part of the ruling alliance. Sangma, who is also Meghalaya Home Minister and elder brother of Meghalaya CM, however, said his party has its own ideology and that despite being a member of NDA, his party opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. He said his party would contest the election without any pre-poll alliance, but in case of a hung Assembly the party would be seeking post-poll alliance. - Assam Tribune

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