Till the BJP swept Assam in 2014, and subsequently Northeast, the region was a Congress bastion. The saffron party’s stranglehold on the region was aided, partly by its own social engineering and partly through alliances with regional parties which came under the BJP-led NEDA. And it’s these NE friends who could be crucial for the BJP in the case of a tight finish in Elections 2019 and every seat becomes as precious as diamond. For the record, the Northeast has 25 LS seats out of which the NDA hold 10. “We are pretty sure that the NDA will be back in power and we will continue our association with the NDA,” Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K. Sangma told Outlook, adding that there was “no such thought” of going with a Congress-backed alliance.
Sangma’s NPP is contesting 10 seats across seven states and is expecting to win at least two.