Keeping in mind the anti-incumbency and ‘political crisis’ in Nagaland, National People’s Party (NPP) chief Conrad K. Sangma sounded optimistic of making inroads in Nagaland. Sangma said this during his first visit to the state since the NPP’s December launch in Nagaland.
Citing the party’s success in Manipur Conrad said “We won four seats in Manipur and all four of our MLAs are Ministers today.”
The NPP as a political party, he said, was founded on the idea that “there must be a political platform for the people of the northeast” – a political platform that raises the issues of the region, while bringing the different tribes and communities together.
Conrad cited infrastructure development and creating employment for the youth as its focus areas. He cited Nagaland’s agro-based industry as another sector having huge scope for value addition, while adding that there are areas of tourism that can be tapped.
One governance issues in Nagaland he mentioned “when it comes to practical politics sometimes it’s just not very easy to change the system, it does takes time”.
Ato Yepthomi, president NPP Nagaland said that the party is likely to contest in about 35 seats.