A day after the announcement of the election date by ECI for Nagaland, Tripura and Meghalaya, Assam Chief Minister and North East Democratic Alliance convener Himanta Biswa Sarma revealed that the final deal between the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was sealed at a 40:20 ratio.


Following the deal, the BJP’s northeast strategist and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Today we are finalizing the seat sharing with NDPP for the Nagaland Legislative Assembly polls. BJP will contest 20 and NDPP will contest 40 seats in Nagaland.” Without divulging the details, he also said, “We finalized the seats where BJP will contest.”


However, Sarma mentioned that BJP will go solo in Meghalaya like in the last election and added that the Tipra Motha in Tripura, is actually not part of the BJP-led NEDA.


Of the three states, the BJP has been able to form an alliance only in Nagaland with Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s NDPP. It may be recalled that NDPP Working President and Co-Founder of the party Alemtemshi Jamir, sitting MLA of NDPP and seasoned politician Imkong L Imchen, NDPP Advisor TN Mannen and several other senior party leaders of NDPP had decided to join BJP.


Mokokchung Times

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