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Congress In Northeast: Trying Hard To Make A Comeback

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Congress In Northeast: Trying Hard To Make A Comeback

Reduced to almost a non-existent political entity as the BJP made inroads into the Northeast region by forging winning alliances, a moribund Congress is leaving no stone unturned to make it happen in three states of Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland

Vacant seat: Lok Sabha bye-elections in Dimapur, Nagaland Photo: Getty Images

Once a stronghold of the Congress, Northeast India has witnessed many political upheavals post-2014. In Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, all going to the polls early next year, the Congress had a total of 47 MLAs in the 2013 Assembly elections out of the 180 seats altogether. The number reduced to 21 in 2018, where, other than Meghalaya, in the other two states, the party could not manage to send a single legislator to the assembly.

In Meghalaya, even though the Congress had the highest number of seats, the Conrad Sangma- led NPP formed a coalition government with the help of  the United Democratic Party (UDP), the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), the BJP, the Hill State People’s Demo­cratic Party (HSPDP), and two Indepen­dent MLAs. The Congress became the main opposition. However the Congress number eventually dwindled to 17, following resignations, the deaths of  MLAs and subsequent by-polls.

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