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Northeastern parties join hands to fight polls

Major regional parties of the northeastern states, including Asom Gana Parishad and the ruling parties of Nagaland and Sikkim, have in principle decided to form a common platform to fight for issues concerning the region.



New Delhi: Major regional parties of the
northeastern states, including Asom Gana Parishad and the
ruling parties of Nagaland and Sikkim, have in principle
decided to form a common platform to fight for issues
concerning the region and contests polls together.

The decision to form `Northeastern Democratic Front`
was taken at a meeting attended by NCP leader and former Lok
Sabha Speaker PA Sangma, AGP leader and former Assam chief
minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, NPF chief and Nagaland Chief
Minister Neiphiu Rio, SDF president and Sikkim Chief Minister
Pawan Kumar Chamling besides others.

The meeting, also attended by representatives of
Trinamool Congress, Manipur`s MPP and Mizoram`s MNF, decided to
contest elections, wherever possible, jointly and fight for
issues concerning the Northeast together, sources said.

The last night`s meeting was held at the official
residence of Sangma`s daughter and Union Minister of State for
Rural Development Agatha Sangma.

A formal declaration about formation of the Front
would be made next month in Guwahati, they said.

The timing of revival of the regional plank is
significant. AGP has this time decided to maintain distance
from national parties, mainly the BJP, and opted to join hands
with smaller regional parties for the Assam Assembly polls
due in May.

This is PA Sangma`s third attempt at bringing all the
regional parties together. In 2009, he had made attempts to
revive the defunct Northeast People`s Front. At least 13
non-Congress parties had then joined hands and fought 2009
Parliamentary Polls together.

The Northeast People`s Front was first launched about
seven years ago.

The Northeast states together have a strength of 25
MPs in the Lok Sabha, out of which 14 are from Assam.

PTI

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