NEW DELHI, Sept 4 - The BJP is likely to firm up its poll strategy for the crucial Assembly polls in Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram due next year at the meeting of the second North East Development Alliance (NEDA) scheduled to be held here tomorrow.
The Second Conclave of NEDA will be inaugurated by BJP national president, Amit Shah and attended by Chief Ministers of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, Manipur N Biren Singh, Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu, Nagaland TR Zeliang and Sikkim Pawan Kumar Chamling, besides alliance partners like Asom Gana Parishad (AGP). AGP president, Atul Bora and State Minister Keshab Mahanta are representing the regional party.
Briefing newsmen ahead of the Conclave, NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma said that they are working towards achieving a Congress-free North East. He said in February next year Meghalaya and Tripura and in November Mizoram are going to polls. He claimed that BJP will form governments in all the three States.
He said that the Conclave tomorrow will also discuss the Vision of the Prime Minister and Amit Shah for North East.
Stating that coordination among Northeastern States have improved after BJP came to power in States like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland, Sarma said that the inter-State problems are being solved particularly the problem of border dispute.
The NEDA convenor said that they want to strengthen United India slogan of BJP. It is in keeping with this that Assam Chief Minister has suggested that a President House should be built in the North East.
Replying to questions about the recent floods, he said that it was for the first time that the Prime Minister held a joint meeting of the Chief Ministers of Northeastern States. And it is also perhaps for the first time that funds have been sanctioned to study the problem of floods. The Prime Minister had sanctioned Rs 100 crore to study and find a solution to the problem of floods in the North East, he added.