In a major boost to the ruling National People’s Party (NPP), Former United Democratic Party (UDP) leader Prof Malcolm Tariang on Thursday joined the party.
Tariang was welcomed by the NPP national president and chief minister Conrad K Sangma and other leaders of the party during the confirmation of 16 East Shillong Block Executive Committee.
Addressing the occasion, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said Tariang’s decision to join the NPP is a great boost to the image of the party.
“It is a great boost to the capability of the party, it is a great boost towards the objective that we want to achieve as a party and I am very sure that in the coming days that Tariang will be a major force and a major person who will add much more value to all the works that we are doing in the state and take things forward not just from the party point of view and also from the overall policy thinking matters in all these areas I am sure he will be a huge asset for the NPP and the state as a whole,” he said.
Meanwhile, NPP national vice president and deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong expressed confidence that the party will win from the East Shillong constituency. NPP is likely to field sitting legislator Ampareen Lyngdoh, who has been suspended by the Congress for supporting the MDA backed by the BJP.
Speaking to reporters after joining the party, Tariang said, “This (decision to join NPP) was not just something which was an impulsive move or spur of the moment move. It was a well-thought move…I don’t mean to discredit any party as every party has the right to exist but I am here in the NPP because I feel that the leadership of the NPP has something to offer to us not only at the state level but even at the grassroot level.”