Party loyalty & commitment to people factors in deciding candidates: Conrad

Shillong, Oct 27: NPP national president  Conrad Sangma said loyalty to party and commitment to people are factors in selecting candidates for the party.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said what is important is that the NPP looks at both party loyalty and commitment to the people.


“Of course we are looking at winnability. It is a question of mixing and matching.. both these are our major decision making criteria for us. Apart from that, we look at the overall background of the candidate. We look at the individual objective and how they want to work in the constituency”, he said.

To a question, he said one cannot take election easy.

 “One cannot take your opponents lightly as every opponent is a serious opponent. It is the mindset that is important and I want that our candidates should approach the elections with a serious mindset,” he said.

Conrad said the NPP will contest from maximum number of seats.


To a question, Conrad said reports of the inquiries into various allegations have found that the allegations against the government were merely allegations.

“Allegations are made time and again. These inquiries have brought out that these allegations were merely allegations,” Conrad said.

According to Conrad, the government never shied away from being transparent.

He was referring to the statement of Congress chief Vincent Pala that the MDA government is known as the government of inquiries.

Border talks

Conrad said the border talks between Assam and Meghalaya will be held within few weeks.

“It will be an endeavour to ensure that within the next few weeks, we will try to meet the regional committees and the chief ministers together to take the discussion forward,” he said.

Conrad recently visited Assam chief minister. “We had an evening together and that’s it,” he said.

He said the two state governments could not meet due to Puja and Diwali holidays.

“Some of the regional committees from Meghalaya visited the locations and had their first round of meetings,” Conrad said.

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