The National People’s Party (NPP) Manipur state unit fondly remembered former NPP national president and speaker of Lok Sabha late PA Sangma on the occasion of his 4th death anniversary observance held at the party’s office located at Ghari, in Imphal on Wednesday.
The observation was marked by rich floral tributes paid to the portrait of Sangma by the members of the party led by the Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar; Minister for Health, Family Welfare, Law and Legislative Affairs and Art and Culture, L Jayantakumar Singh, and NPP state president, Thangminlien Kipgen.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Joykumar said that though NPP originated from Manipur and many politicians have served as ministers under the party, NPP began to degrade in the state. “It was during this period that PA Sangma came to Manipur and approached the leaders of the party to adopt and nurture NPP. His request was accepted by the then party leaders and gradually NPP emerged as one of the leading parties in the entire north eastern state,” he said. NPP is the only regional party in the northeast to be provided the status of a national party, he added.
“All credit goes to Sangma for reviving the party and bringing it up to this level. Without his support and caring, the party would not have developed to the extent as we see it today,” he added.
Highlighting the state NPP unit, Joykumar informed that Manipur, next to Meghalaya, has good prospects. “We have good prospects in the next assembly elections. However, for this to happen, all party workers need to get together and work for the welfare of the party. As party members we need to understand that there are also many other politicians from various other political parties who are knocking at NPP’s door to make an entry into the party, given the opportunity.”
He pointed out that for the party to flourish there is need for it and the legislature to go together hand in hand. “There have been instances in the past where the relation between the legislature and the party suffered cracks. We need to bridge this gap.”
Speaking as the guest of honour, Jayentakumar said that the centre has BJP along with NPP in power. As such in the state also, there is a coalition government with the BJP. Both the parties respect each other under certain terms and conditions, he remarked.
Recalling Sangma, the minister said he was a true leader with a dream for his people. He left no stone unturned to ensure that peoples’ expectations were met, he said eulogising the fact that when he spoke it was with a vision and understanding of the value of education; and also he had the vision of bringing the northeast into the mainstream.
Delivering the presidential speech, Kipgen said that Manipur cannot stand alone, nor can Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram or any other state of the north east. “With sincerity, we need to develop a new Northeast without which there can be no success.”
Earlier while giving the welcome and keynote address, NPP state vice president, Sushil Huidrom said the anniversary was earlier planned at Tura, but due to the prevailing situation at Tura, all state units were informed to observe the day in a small way in the respective states.
The function was also attended by NPP Manipur unit working president, Ch Ajang Khongsai, general secretary, Kh Loken, NPPYF youth president, Russel Heisnam, and party presidents from different districts of the state.
On the occasion, the youth front of NPP, Manipur unit distributed edibles and educational materials to the inmates of Tera Orphan Home, Tera and Manipur Mahila Kalyan Samiti Children’s Home, Dewlahland.