SHILLONG, May 15: Working hard to oust the Congress party from the North East, the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) soon after its success in Arunachal and Manipur may have to shift its focus to address a few problems which have cropped up with its allies in Meghalaya such as the United Democratic Party (UDP) and the National People’s Party (NPP) who are of the view that Meghalaya will not have a BJP led government post the 2018 Assembly elections here.
While claims are being made by BJP that it will form a coalition government in Meghalaya after the 2018 polls, the mood and the sentiments of the regional parties speak otherwise.
“I think it will be like Manipur. Congress will not come back to power in Meghalaya in the upcoming 2018 Assembly polls and it will not be a BJP led government that I am sure,” said Meghalaya NPP president, WR Kharlukhi said when asked about his views on the 2018 Assembly elections.
Interestingly, NPP is part of BJP led National Democratic Alliance Government at the centre and North East Democratic Alliance in the region.
The party is now flourishing under the leadership of its National President Conrad Sangma. Presently, the party is having just two members in the state Assembly and is part of the opposition along with United Democratic Party and HSPDP.
Meanwhile, the other partner of NEDA and the main opposition party in the state, United Democratic Party (UDP) is also of the view that it will not be a BJP-led government but a regional party led government which will have BJP in the supporting role.
UDP, Spokesperson, Jemino Mawthoh said, “BJP cannot win in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram. It will rather be a UDP led government and BJP will be supporting us in government formation”.
Earlier, UDP Working president, Bindo M lanong has also stated that BJP has no takers in Meghalaya.
The HSPDP had also recently called for a unification of the regional parties in the state which has garnered some positive reactions. The unification call was made with an aim to ouster national parties like the Congress and the BJP.
It may be mentioned that the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) was formed soon after the Assam elections, with BJP claiming it was now time to make the Northeast free of Congress. The party also made it clear that it would take along the regional parties on this mission. NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sarma made it clear that the new forum wanted to make the Northeast Congress-free as early as possible.
Meanwhile, it was reported that many Congress legislators are shifting allegiance and joining the regional front. To this, NPP has categorically made it clear that till date no Congress legislator has expressed willingness to join his party.
“Till date we don’t have any news of any Congress legislator willing to join us. Erosion can be seen in Ri-Bhoi but till date there is no indication from any Congress MLAs,” Kharlukhi added.