Guwahati, Apr 2 : After having initially announced of contesting all 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam, Conrad Sangma's National People's Party (NPP) has been unable to find 'eligible' candidates.
When most parties are fighting internal dissidence from aspirants for being denied party ticket, the NPP has failed to find candidates and hence, has decided to confine itself to contesting in about half of the seats in the state.
An NPP source said here today that the party will be contesting in about six constituencies.
"We wanted to contest in all the seats. But there are no eligible candidates. Hence, we have decided to confine to a few seats," he said. The party has confirmed candidature in Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kaliabor, Tezpur, Silchar and Barpeta. It is still undecided on Gauhati constituency, with ticket-denied aspirants of other parties also reportedly approaching NPP for party nomination.
The NPP, which is part of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), had decided to contest across the region in the Parliamentary election. Assam will go to the polls in three phases on April 11, 18 and 23. Nominations for the first two phases have already closed, while the third phase will close on April 4 next. (UNI)