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2019: recognition as a national party

Prabin Kalita, June 8, 2019: The Times of India

GUWAHATI: The Election Commission on Friday recognized National People’s Party (NPP), led by Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma, as a national party on fulfilling the prescribed eligibility criterion in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha election and the state assembly election in Arunachal Pradesh.

With this, NPP has become the first party from the northeastern region to be recognized as a national party.

The party was formed in 2013 by the Meghalaya CM’s father and former Lok Sabha Speaker, late Purno Agitok Sangma, who was one of the tallest political figures of the northeast. The party, which till yesterday was recognized as a state party in Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya, has also been given the status of a state party in Arunachal Pradesh, where it has won five seats in recently-held election.

A delighted Sangma tweeted, “It is a very nostalgic moment for all of us that the party founded by Late Purno Agitok Sangma has achieved its due recognition. It is not just an achievement for NPP but for the people of #Northeast for their overwhelming support and thrust bestowed on the party.”

The EC order stated, “Review of poll performance of the National People's Party in the general election to the Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh, 2019 shows that the candidates set up by the Party have polled 14.55% of the valid votes polled in the said general election, and in addition, the Party has won five out of the sixty seats in the Legislative Assembly. It is seen from the above poll performance of the party that it has fulfilled the requirements for recognition as State Party in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.”

The commission added, “The party was already a recognized state party in the States of Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland. After its recognition as State party in Arunachal Pradesh, it has become a recognized State party in four States i.e. Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Thus the Party has fulfilled the eligibility condition for being recognized as National Party as laid down in the Paragraph 6B (iii) {the party is recognized as State party in at least four States}. Accordingly, the Commission has granted recognition to 'National People's Party' as a National Party. Further, as per the request of the Party; the symbol Book' has been allotted as the reserved symbol for the 'National People's Party'.”

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