Northeast comes first, says Conrad on NPP being accorded ‘National Party’ status
SHILLONG | June 08, 2019:
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma today said that the NPP has been very clear with the BJP leadership that proper discussion and proper consultation should be there before moving forward on any issues which affect the people of the North Eastern region.
Pointing out that the issue like the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is something that concerns the people of the region, Sangma said that the party has urged the leadership of the BJP that it should take the stakeholders into confidence on this matter.
"Proper discussion and proper consultation must take place in any given situation. The interest of the people of the NE must be protected. We will continue to work and fight at the same time on any issues which concern the people of the region," Sangma, who is also the national president of the NPP, said when asked about the challenges of the NPP on its relations with the BJP especially in the context with the CAB.
Meanwhile, he said that the party's priority will always be to fulfill the regional aspirations of the people of the region while at the same time giving due importance to the national interest.
"India is a very diverse nation. When we say regional aspirations, that does not mean we are going against the national interest. Therefore, national interest will always be there and we will always take it in the positive sense. But it is also important that those regional aspirations don't get lost in the entire national aspect," NPP national president said.
On the recognition of the NPP as the national party, he said that the party will provide the platform for the people of the Northeast. "We will be the voice for the people of the NE. One voice one Northeast has been our slogan. That has been strengthened by the recognition of the NPP as a national party. At this moment, we do remember our great leader, late PA Sangma who was main person behind the emergence of the NPP. We pay tribute to our late founding leader on this very important day," he said.