GUWAHATI: Ahead of the ensuing polls in West Bengal, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has his eyes firmly set on expanding his National People's Party's (NPP) base in the North Bengal region.
"NPP leaders of North Bengal met me today. Had fruitful discussions on the growth of the party in North Bengal," Sangma wrote on Twitter moments earlier, also posting pictures from the meet.
North Bengal was historically called Gour, but that region included certain districts or areas such as Rangpur and Rajshahi, which are now in Bangladesh. The total area has distinctiveness in the matter of the dialects spoken, the folk culture, and lifestyles.
There are 54 Assembly constituencies in north Bengal. In all of these, the ruling BJP party has asserted its dominance, winning 7 out of the 8 seats in the 2019 General Elections.
This year, the saffron party is aiming to win as many as 50 seats in the ensuing polls tentatively scheduled in the month of June. The BJP had secured a lead in 38 Assembly segments in the 2019 general election.
The NPP, which is a part of the BJP-headed Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), has been pulling out all stops to become a potent political part in the region. The NPP, founded by Conrad's father Purno Agitok Sangma, is the first political party from Northeastern India to have attained 'national party' status.
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