Mahamilavat vs. Mahagathbandhan in North East
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Mar 13, 2019, 05:02 PM
The Asom Gana Parishad, which announced earlier in the week that it will contest all 14 seats of Assam alone two months after its exit from the NDA headed by the BJP due to differences over the Citizenship (Amendment Bill), changed its decision and declared that it will ally with the BJP on Tuesday for the upcoming general elections.
The incumbent Chief Minister from Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, is the first from the BJP to attain the CM post in the state.
Similarly, Biplab Kumar Dev, is the first CM of Tripura from the BJP. BJP is in coalition with the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura in the assembly, and will continue the coalition at the central level for the two constituencies.
In Sikkim, BJP will ally with its opposition in the state assembly, the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front, for its single seat in the Lok Sabha elections.
The National Democratic Progressive Party of Nagaland, which is the ruling party in the state, is also allying with the BJP for the lone seat.
The national party will ally with different regional parties throughout the north-east region, consisting of its 25 seats, which BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav believes will play an “important role in seeing Modiji as the PM once again”.
However, the distribution of seats between the allies is not yet known, but it is expected that the BJP will field 10/14 seats in Assam, and 2-3 seats to the AGP. Their other ally, Bodo People’s Front, has already announced its candidate from the Kokrajhar seat.
Madhav, in a facebook post on Wednesday, announced the “grand alliance” of the BJP with the north-east parties, “while the opposition is still talking and talking about Mahagathbandhan”.
He also said that he believes, with the help of their allies, BJP is confident to win around 88% of the seats in the north-eastern region.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had, at several rallies in the country, termed the Mahagathbandhan a “Mahamilavat”, believing it was a mixture of “oil and water”, which can never mix completely.
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