SHILLONG, Sep 11: While stating that the National People’s Party (NPP) is the most forward thinking, progressive and secular party, its newly appointed national youth president Ratika Yumnam has called upon the people to vote for it in the upcoming 2018 state polls.
“The party is also basically rooted in the North East and it knows the uniqueness of the region. I think that is the basic point and everybody should be voting for the NPP, which is from the soil itself,” Yumnam said here on Monday.
The indigenous rights activist from Manipur is on her first maiden visit to the state after being elected as national chief of the youth wing of the NPP. She is also schedule to meet the party youth leaders from the state.
Asked about the NPP being recently under attack for its alliance with BJP which has been dubbed as a non-secular party, the national youth leader however said, “Well alliance is something else but NPP is still independent,” adding “Just because it has an alliance it doesn’t mean we (NPP) are dictated by some other parties. We are very much rooted and grounded in our commitment to secularism.”
She went on to state that the NPP which believes in local perspective will become the strongest party in the upcoming elections.
Expressing her gratitude to the party for its decision, Yumnam said while other political parties feel that mixing politics with human rights is a ‘bit tricky’, the NPP has been forward thinking by involving her as part of the team.
“One thing I like about the NPP is that it believes in having informed decisions and reaching out to grass root people. The fact that the NPP believes in empowering the youth and giving me this opportunity to take this forward is really heartening for me,” she said.
Spelling out the priorities for her new assignment, Yumnam said that she wants to focus on issues related to unemployment which according to her is a very huge issue especially in places like the North East.
“One of the key things is that I want the party and everybody involved to be focused on is also skill development, which is based on our context and our special needs,” she said.
Yumnam is also of the belief that quality education as per the needs, talents and potentials of the people is a dire need in Meghalaya and the North East region in general.