National President of the National People’s Party Conrad K Sangma on Thursday released the ‘People’s Document’ at an election rally in Jowai of Jaintia Hills in presence of senior NPP leaders Prestone Tynsong, Sniawbhalang Dhar, NPP candidates from Jaintia Hills and other party functionaries.
The ‘People’s Document’ highlights key aspects of governance in areas of economic planning and development, education, healthcare, infrastructure, public utilities delivery systems, agriculture, employment generation, youth welfare, women empowerment and environmental protection.
Releasing the ‘People’s Document’, NPP chief Sangma said, “This ‘Document’ is not just another election manifesto rather it is the foundation on which the contractual obligation between the party and the people of Meghalaya stands upon. It is not only our guiding light, but will also act as a constant reminder of our promise to the people of Meghalaya which we must honour at all costs.”
Conrad, who is also the Tura Lok Sabha MP, said that the main thrust of the ‘People’s Document’ is to bring about much-needed change, which the people of Meghalaya are desperately longing for. “This is a very important moment in the history of Meghalaya because the National People’s Party, along with the people will rise to the challenge of re-imagining and re-creating not only the destiny of the state, but most importantly, the present reality of our people,” he said.
Stating that the Congress party has been trying to ‘communalise the election’, he said, “They (Congress) are scared of the NPP’s growing popularity,” adding, “I don’t have to prove my faith and belief before the Congress. It is sad that the Congress is using religion as an issue to divide the community for their political gains.”
The NPP national chief also talked about the post-NGT ban on coal and how Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma failed to take up the issue with the Centre including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “It is four years plus that the NGT has banned coal in Meghalaya but the government has remained non-committal to resolve the issue. They did not even respond to NGT and direction from the centre to draft the mining policy for Meghalaya,” said the NPP chief.
Conrad also addressed two other massive rallies at Jalaphet under Sutnga constituency and Pashang under Mawkynrew constituency.