The BJP’s much vaunted North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) is in shambles as almost all of its constituents, barring Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) are fighting on their own in their home turf.
Led by National Peoples Party (NPP), Sikkim Peoples Party (SPP) and Mizo National Front (MNF), the three dominant ruling powers of Meghalaya, Sikkim and Mizoram various constituents are going on their own.
This cost Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma’s dream of going to Parliament and becoming a Union Minister as he was now entrusted by the BJP top leadership to take care of the NEDA as it’s convenor.
Almost every constituent is not want to be seen very close to the BJP. In Meghalaya Donkupar Roy’s United Democratic Party (UDP), IPTF of Tripura has also decided to put up candidates.
The biggest blow came from the NPP and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma had been working with a vengeance to expand NPP base outside of his own state Meghalaya.
This has created further panic for the BJP, as they would like to present NEDA as pre-election allies rather than post-poll alliance. Especially for this BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav and Himanta Biswa Sarma have been given the responsibility to stitch together the NEDA.
Accordingly, a meeting was also convened at Guwahati on March 12 but the majority of the constituents have already opened their shops to taste the water instead of coming together and fighting as NEDA.