ITANAGAR: The National People’s Party (NPP) in Arunachal Pradesh has declared its support to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader from Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district. The NPP has four MLAs in the 60-member state assembly. NPP state general secretary Pakgna Bage said that as NPP President Conrad Sangma, who is also the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, was one of the proposers for Murmu, all the NPP legislators in the state would support the former Jharkhand governor in the proposed presidential election.
The presidential polls will be held on July 18 next. The Arunachal Pradesh legislative assembly has 48 BJP members, four NPP MLAs, Congress (four), one JD (U) and three independents. The NPP also announced that it would try to field candidates in all the seats in the upcoming Panchayat bye-polls slated for next month. “Besides, the BJP and Congress, the NPP is the most appropriate political party in the state right now that will work for the common people. So the party will try fielding candidates in all the 130 seats,” Bage said. The bye-elections to 130 gram panchayat seats along with one zila parishad seat in the state will be held on July 12. The bye-poll will be held in 101 polling stations spread across 20 districts of the state where an estimated 7,000 voters would exercise their franchise.