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NPP hopes to strike it big

Shillong, Jan. 24: The National People’s Party (NPP), which will be making its electoral debut in Meghalaya next month, is anticipating making the most of the Congress’ woes, especially in the Garo Hills region.

Meghalaya will vote on February 23 across 60 Assembly constituencies under 2,485 polling stations in 11 districts. The Garo Hills region has five districts with 24 constituencies, and the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region has six districts with 36 seats. “The Congress list of candidates is a wishlist for us. We are very happy with the list, although it was surprising that legislators who were all along loyal to the Congress were denied tickets,” Conrad K. Sangma, leader of the Opposition, told reporters here today.

Conrad, who technically still belongs to the NCP, will contest the forthcoming elections from the NPP, led by his father Purno A. Sangma.

The party, which recently aligned with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), will field at least 35 “winnable” candidates. According to him, the ruling Congress is divided at the grassroots level, especially since some sitting legislators were denied tickets.

“The mess that is going on in the Congress will surely help the NPP. We will improve our tally this time,” he said.

On whether shifting from the NCP to NPP would have any bearing on the elections, he said, “People at the grassroots don’t talk about the NCP any longer.”

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