APHLC delegation calls on James Sangma, seeks alliance with NPP for upcoming Lok Sabha polls

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DIPHU, Feb 5: A delegation of newly-floated All Party Hills Leaders Conference (APHLC) sought an electoral alliance with Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma-led National People’s Party (NPP) for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

A delegation of APHLC called on Meghalaya home minister James Sangma at his residence at Pankheti in Shillong and expressed its desire to forge an alliance with the NPP to fight for the cause of the indigenous communities of Northeast.

The delegation comprised of APHLC president John Ingti Kathar, vice president, Rajesh Tisso, general secretary Jona Terang, secretaries Kursing Timung and Semson Teron and spokesperson Angtong Engti.

Leaders of APKLC briefed Sangma about the struggle of 24 social organisations of Karbi Anglong for the cause of the indigenous communities, especially for preparation of a separate voters’ list for elections to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), where the names of the non-tribals would be removed in exercise of the powers conferred under Paragraph 2 and sub-paragraph 7 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

Sangma urged the leaders of APHLC to support NPP candidate for Autonomous District Constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

However, leaders of APHLC rejected Sangma’s proposal and stressed for uniting all MPs of Northeast to voice for the cause of indigenous communities. Sangma said he will call another meeting soon for his party’s decision of having an NPP-APHLC alliance.

APHLC was formed here as political entity on February 2 with former IAS officer JI Kathar as president to fight for the cause of Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India. Most of the leaders and workers of 24 social organisations were included as office bearers of the new party.

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