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NPP not to form pre-poll alliance with the BJP
In a setback to the BJP, one of its allies in the Northeast, the National People's Party (NPP), has declined to form a pre-poll alliance with it for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

After a meeting of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) in Guwahati on Tuesday evening, NPP supremo and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma told the media that his party would not form a pre-poll alliance with the BJP.

"We would field candidates in all the constituencies of the Northeast in the upcoming Lok Sabha election," the NPP leader said, adding that his party would also contest in the upcoming Arunachal Pradesh Assembly elections which will be held simultaneously with the general election.  

However, Sangma hinted at a post-poll alliance with the BJP. A major constituent of the NEDA, the NPP vehemently protested the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The party recently formed its Assam state committee. It has alliance governments in Nagaland and Manipur besides Meghalaya. In Arunachal Pradesh, it has three MLAs. Earlier, the United Democratic Party of Meghalaya, which is a partner of the NPP, had broken ties with the NEDA.  

On the other hand the Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) which broke its ties with the BJP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in January this year, has reportedly prepared to form alliance with the saffron party again. BJP leader Ram Madhav categorically told media that the regional party, which has 14 MLAs, had expressed willingness to form alliance with his party again. However, some AGP leaders including former two-time chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta has opposed such alliance with the BJP.

On Tuesday, addressing a press conference at his home district, Nagaon Mahanta strongly opposed the decision of his party to form an alliance with the BJP again.

"The BJP had broken its last Lok Sabha promises. It would be not wise for the AGP to rebuild alliance with the party again," Mahanta said. Besides, some district committees of the party also opposed pre-poll alliance with the BJP.

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