Sangma to launch new party
New Delhi, July 30 (NI Wire): After losing the race of presidential elections, former Lok Sabha speaker Purno A. Sangma is all set to launch a new political party from next month, said an aide on Monday. “A new political party, the National Indigenous Peoples’ Party of India (NIPPI), will come into existence sometime in August,” a confidant said IANS on the condition of anonymity.
After losing the race to Raisina hills Sangma finds himself at the crossroads. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which he formed along with, Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar in 1999 after leaving the congress, declined his presidential candidature and Sangama had no option but quit the party on June 20. He also resigned from his membership in the 60-member Meghalaya assembly.
Sources close to Sangma, says that the new party will have most of its members from the NCP who supported him while he was contesting the presidential election. Thirteen NCP legislators in Meghalaya supported Sangma in the presidential election, violating the party decision to support Pranab Mukherjee who won the presidential election. “The NIPPI will bank on millions of indigenous people across the region ahead of assembly elections in three northeastern states,” an aide to Sangma said. Three northeastern states Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura are set for assembly polls in February next year.
Sangma’s son and NCP legislator Conrad K. Sangma said the state NCP unit had not discussed the founding of the new party. “We are still in a consultative mood to chart out our future course of action. We have not reached that state to discuss the formation of a new party,” IANS has quoted saying Conrad, leader of opposition in the Meghalaya house. (With inputs from IANS)
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