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No NCP-Congress alliance in north-east: Sangma

Source: PTI
March 02, 2009 19:48 IST
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The Nationalist Congress Party would not ally with the Congress in the north-east for the Lok Sabha polls, its senior leader Purno Agitok Sangma said in Shillong on Monday.

"In Assam, NCP will go with the Left parties and the Assam United Democratic Front. We will put up three candidates in Guwahati, Diphu and Mangaldai in Assam," Sangma told media persons.

According to Sangma, the NCP would have an alliance with the Manipur Peoples Party in Manipur; and an alliance with regional parties and the Bharatiya Janata Party in Meghalaya.

He said his party would field a candidate at Tura in Meghalaya, while in Shillong, the other Lok Sabha seat in the state, it would support the nominee from the regional parties.

The NCP was also likely to put up a candidate in Itanagar East seat, he said.

In Nagaland, the NCP would support the consensus candidate put up by the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland. The party would not field candidates in Mizoram and Tripura.

Sangma's statement came when the Congress was negotiating seat sharing to ensure that old allies like NCP remained with the United Progressive Alliance.

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