P.A. Sangma to Launch His Own Party on Jan 5
P A Sangma, who broke ranks with the NCP to fight Presidential election
against Pranab Mukherjee, will launch his own party tomorrow.
Sangma's National People's Party (NPP) will be formally launched at a function
in the capital. His daughter Agatha, an NCP MP, may not join the new outfit as
"Tomorrow, we will have our first central executive committee meeting and then
our party will be launched by Sangma. We will make several important
announcements tomorrow," Alok Kumar Goel, National Secretary of the new party,
'Book' will be the election symbol the party will seek from the Election
Commission, a party press release said.
Sangma along with Pawar and Tariq Anwar had quit Congress in 1999 and formed NCP
questioning the right of Sonia Gandhi to lead the party due to her foreign
The nine-time MP and former Lok Sabha Speaker was expelled from NCP in the run
up to the Presidential election in July when he refused to quit the race and
lost the fight. NCP is a constituent of the Congress-led UPA and Mukherjee was
Queried whether Sangma's daughter and NCP MP Agatha will join the outfit, Goel
said, "Agatha is with the party. She will fully support and campaign for the
party. But as there is anti-defection law in place, we can't say anything as of
now whether she will officially join us or not."
Agatha, who was junior minister in UPA government lost his job after she
campaigned for her father in the presidential polls.
Goel, however, didn't make it clear whether NPP will join hands with NDA in near
future. "We will announce everything tomorrow only," said Goel.