P. A. Sangma, who broke away with the Nationalist Congress Party last year to contest the Presidential election, launched National People’s Party on Saturday and joined hands with the BJP-led NDA.

Launching the NPP at the “national level”, Mr. Sangma said it has been active for long as a recognised party from Manipur.

The former Lok Sabha Speaker, who is the president of the party, said his daughter Agatha, MP from Tura, Meghalaya, will be “in NCP for the time being on technical grounds”, but sounded confident that “she will fight next elections as an NPP candidate.” Agatha had to resign as Union Minister on her party NCP’s directions after she campaigned for her father in the Presidential election in defiance of the party. - PTI