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BJP finalises its seat sharing & pre-poll alliances for NE polls

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Guwahati, Jan 19: BJP’s biggest leader in Northeast India and key strategist, and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who has been camping in Delhi and strategizing for the party with other regional parties, has revealed BJP’s strategy for the three state polls.

“As part of NEDA, BJP and NDPP have finalised seat sharing for Nagaland polls. NDPP will contest in 40 seats and BJP will contest 20 seats… Pradyot Deb Burman met me informally, but for Tripura, there is a different set of leaders who are looking at alliances. In Meghalaya, we have decided to fight solo; so we are not forming any alliance, and in Tripura, TIPRA Motha is actually not part of BJP led NEDA,” Sarma told reporters at New Delhi.

Of the three states, BJP has been able to form alliance only in one. In Nagaland, the party will fight polls in a pre-poll alliance with Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s NDPP. In Meghalaya, like last polls, BJP will go solo; and in Tripura, informal talks with royal scion Pradyot Manikya Deb Burman’s TIPRA Motha have remained inconclusive.

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