The chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Assam and a bunch of parties from the Northeast will meet in Guwahati on Wednesday to finalise the charter of the Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the inception of which BJP president Amit Shah announced on the day Assam elected its first BJP government.
Shah will address a conference of BJP’s newly-acquired allies in Northeast next month to prepare ground for a “Congress-free Northeast” ahead of polls in Manipur and Meghalaya in 2017.
On Wednesday, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav will chair the “informal” meeting that will be attended by Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Nagaland CM T R Zeliang, Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul, NEDA convenor and newly inducted member of BJP’s national executive Himanta Biswa Sarma and Conrad Sangma of National People’s Party, who recently won the Tura Lok Sabha seat. Representatives of Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front, both of which are coalition partners of BJP in Assam, and former Mizoram CM Zohram Thanga will also be present.
“In 2019, we are looking at bagging 20 of 25 Lok Sabha seats from Northeast. NEDA has received a positive feedback. This is an informal meeting to draw up a common charter and decide on our future strategy,” said a BJP source.