On Sunday, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that the BJP and its allies will acquire 19 and 21 seats out of 25 Lok Sabha in North East.
Mr. Sarma also said that the BJP will give better performance than 2014 and will achieve victory in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, under the leadership and guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Assam’s election of 14 constituencies has been scheduled in three phases on April 11, 18 and 23. On April 11 and 18, there will be vote respectively in Manipur and Tripura, which have two seats. Meghalaya (two seats), Nagaland (one), Arunachal Pradesh (two), Mizoram (one) and Sikkim (one) will have polls on April 11.
Assam Finance Minister told the media persons in an event in Bokakhat, “There are 25 Lok Sabha seats in the Northeast. I think the BJP and its partners, who are members of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), will win 19-21 seats. In Assam, the BJP and its allies are going to win between 9 and 11 seats.”
Ensuring the party’s victory in Assam along with other northeastern states, he implied he may contest the Lok Sabha election. “It is up to the party. If the party gives ticket, I’ll contest the polls,” Mr. Sarma said.
While being asked about BJP’s forming alliance with other parties in Assam, Mr. Sarma said he will not comment on the matter and that only state unit President Ranjit Dass could do so.
In Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is in power. Is also has a partnership with the National Peoples’ Party (NPP)-led government in Meghalaya and the National Democratic Progressive Party-led government in Nagaland.
Meanwhile, the BJP has faced some difficulties in Northeast with different political parties over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha. Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), has already snapped its ties with the BJP due to the controversial bill. Several other allies of the NEDA, including NPP, have threatened to quit the alliance if the bill is turned into an act.
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