SHILLONG, April 07: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma who is also the National President of the National People’s Party (NPP), was given a warm welcome by party functionaries at Imphal when he visited the state capital of Manipur along with PWD Minister Prestone Tynsong and Home Minister James K. Sangma on Saturday.
The NPP delegation from Meghalaya was felicitated at Lamboi Khongnangkhong playground in Imphal where it was accompanied by the Deputy Chief Minister of Manipur Yumnam Joykumar Singh.
It was Conrad’s maiden visit to Manipur after assuming the office on March 6. The overwhelmed party functionaries in Imphal honoured him and his cabinet colleagues Prestone Tynsong and James Sangma with rich traditional and cultural artifacts and paintings that portray the diverse and unique lifestyle of Manipur.
Leaders from Nagaland also honoured the Meghalaya Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues during the event, which saw a massive turnout of over 6000 plus strong contingent of party workers, leaders and NPP supporters, who chanted slogans – “NPP for united Northeast”.
A grand cultural show was presented in honour of Conrad as the party functionaries rejoiced NPP’s government formation in Meghalaya.
Speaking on the occasion, Conrad thanked the people of Manipur for the honour. He expressed confidence that NPP’s surge in Northeast will further grow, as people have understood that NPP is a party that is committed for the common good of the people of the Northeast.
“We may have difference and our own priorities but NPP believes that we can bring the people of Northeast together. Today in this programme we have a Khasi leader wearing a Naga jacket and a Garo leader wearing a Kuki jacket. We will always want to fight for our rights but our similarities bind us together. NPP can provide a platform for our people in Northeast to raise their voice and concerns that affects us. I believe that we can take Northeast forward”, said Conrad.
He also said that NPP would provide a platform to raise the voice that affects the people of Northeast. “People of Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland have shown their faith in us because they believe in our ideology. In the coming months there will be election in other states and I am sure that people will bestow their faith in us there too”, he added.