Sangma launches party in Delhi, joins NDA


Former Lok Sabha Speaker P A Sangma, who quit NCP to unsuccessfully contest the last presidential election against the UPA candidate, launched his National People's Party (NPP) on Saturday and joined the opposition NDA.

While his daughter Agatha, an NCP MP from Meghalaya, will remain in NCP "for the time being on technical grounds", Sangma said she would fight the next elections as an NPP candidate. Sangma will be NPP president while Arvind Netam will be the working president.

Sangma said the NPP would contest the next Assembly elections in Meghalaya and field its candidates from at least 46-48 seats.

He said the NPP would be a part of NDA. He earlier held talks with BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and met NDA working chairperson

L K Advani on Friday.

"Sangma met Advani yesterday and expressed desire to join the alliance. NPP becoming a part of NDA will strengthen the coalition, particularly in the Northeast," said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Launching the NPP at the "national level", Sangma, who was one of the founder members of the NCP, said his party had been active for long as a recognised party from Manipur.

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