Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said BJP would go for a post-poll alliance in Meghalaya with all the partners of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA).

“All the NEDA partners would go to the polls and we are going to have a post-poll alliance like we did in Manipur,” Sarma told reporters in Guwahati.

Sarma, who is also a convener of NEDA, said his party has also almost clinched an alliance with the NC Debbarma faction of the IPFT, a leading tribal group in Tripura.

“We are going to have pre-poll alliance with some local groups in Tripura to overthrow the Left government. Yesterday (Thursday) night we had a meeting with the NC Debbarma faction of the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura (IPFT),” Sarma said.

“We have almost clinched an alliance. But it needs Central approval,” Sarma said. In Nagaland, he said the party’s main concern was stability.

“The Congress is no longer in the scene in Nagaland. We are looking for reconciliation among three prominent leaders –TR Zeliang, Neiphiu Rio and Shurhozelie Liezietsu,”said Sarma.

While Tripura is going to polls on February 18, Meghalaya and Nagaland will witness elections on February 27. The counting of votes in all three states will take place on March 3.

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