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Elections 2019: Citizenship Amendment Bill Still A Thorn But BJP Counting On Its North-Eastern Diamonds

Even as the Citizenship Amendment Bill remains a sore point, BJP's future in North-eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram is delicately poised

Elections 2019: Citizenship Amendment Bill Still A Thorn But BJP Counting On Its North-Eastern Diamonds
Elections 2019: Citizenship Amendment Bill Still A Thorn But BJP Counting On Its North-Eastern Diamonds
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2019-05-17T11:27:19+05:30

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.

The MNF, which reg­ained power in Mizoram, is, however, keeping its opt­ions open. Former MP and senior MNF party leader Pu Vanlalzawma...

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