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PA Sangma to launch Tribal Centric National Political Party shortly.

New Delhi, Aug 10, 2012,

After losing the presidential polls, former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno Agitok Sangma on Wednesday hinted that he could form a new political party, which would be “tribal-centric”, but “open for all”. Sangma met several state NCP leaders at the residence of leader of the Opposition Conrad K. Sangma. “The last presidential election had given an opportunity to the tribal people of India to articulate their aspirations and hope. It has brought political awareness to the tribal people and it will be the beginning of a united movement of the tribals for their rights,” he told the media. He added that on August 9, observed as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, tribal leaders from all over the country will be meeting at Raipur in Chhattisgarh. “I will address the gathering to thank all the tribal people and also to call


for unity,” Sangma said. On reports that he will float a new political party, Sangma said, “As of now, nothing has been finalised, as discussions are still going on. The core committee of the Tribal Forum of India will meet soon in New Delhi where a delegation will meet the Election Commission to discuss the possibility of launching a new party, which will be tribal-centric, but open to all,” he added. The forum had projected Sangma as a candidate during the presidential poll against UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee. Saying that he would never contest any future state election, Sangma said he was not interested to be elected to the Rajya Sabha, as he desired to be voted by the people. “I may not even contest the Lok Sabha elections from Meghalaya. There are around 50 reserved seats in the country. I can contest from anywhere,” he said.


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