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Congress to contest in 2018 Meghalaya Assembly elections alone
The ruling Congress in Meghalaya, reportedly, will contest alone in the upcoming Assembly elections.
The state, consisting of 60 Assembly constituencies, will vote on February 27 along with Nagaland and the counting of votes would take place on March 3.

Vincent H Pala, Congress MP from Shillong, while talking to the media, denied the possibility of any alliance with other party or parties for the upcoming polls. He said that his party would field its candidates on all the seats.

It has been learnt that the BJP has prepared a strategy to capture power of the hilly state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had participated in a massive rally in the state a few days ago. But unlike the Congress, the BJP has formed an alliance with some regional parties like the National People's Party, founded by former Lok Sabha Speaker late PA Sangma creating tough challenge in front of the Congress.

However, squabbles keep emerging within both the parties as days pass on. On Tuesday, former city BJP president of Shillong Keith Pariat along with his two supporters defected from the party to the Congress expressing dissatisfaction over some kind of mismanagement in the state BJP committee. Similarly, three Congress MLAs of the state had earlier defected their party to the BJP. This time, as a section of political analysts has predicted, a tough fight between the Congress and the BJP is expected to take place in the state.

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