Express press service
GUWAHATI: After cementing its position by improving its vote share in the recent Manipur Assembly polls, the National People’s Party (NPP) led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma is now eyeing Nagaland. Andrew Ahoto Sema, Chairman of the Nagaland State Party, said, “We are working on the undercurrent. Our survey activities will be visible from the period September-October.
“The Center has injected so much money into Nagaland. However, we do not yet have basic public infrastructure. People are discreet but they see a good place for them in the NPP because it is a sleeping lion,” the leader told this newspaper. In Manipur, the NPP had eclipsed the Congress to become the main opposition party. It looks like the Manipur results will have a ripple effect in Nagaland.
The NPP had won two seats in the 2018 elections in Nagaland, but suffered a jolt soon after when the two MPs jumped ship. As the state prepares for elections again, the NPP has begun the preparatory work. The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leads Nagaland’s ruling coalition, where the BJP is a key component.
The Nagaland nuclear power plant chief lamented, the “change” part of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s “change is coming” slogan for his government remained elusive. “We have never been singled out for anything, but we believe the state should thrive. It has been almost 20 years that the people of Nagaland have been waiting to see the change that the CM talked about,” the party leader said. He said the party was preparing potential workers to prepare them for elections. He said the NPP had also received referrals from some MPs from the ruling parties who were willing to join.