NEW DELHI, March 19 � The pre-poll alliance negotiations between the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP may have fallen through, but there still exists a possibility of the regional party joining the Third Front, as the body of regional parties, the North East Regional Political Front (NERPF) has categorically ruled out the possibility of joining the UPA.
The body of 10 regional parties of the region in fact has strong leanings towards the BJP, with two of its partners already joining the NDA. The PA Sangma-led National Peoples� Party (NPP) and N Rio-led NPF have joined the NDA bandwagon.
Addressing a press conference today, former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma said that the NERPF is fighting in 21 of the 25 seats in the North-East, identifying the Congress party as its main rival in the region.
About the future of the Front, Sangma said that while each of the partner was free to choose its own options, he categorically ruled out the possibility of joining the UPA. �Otherwise they are free to join either the NDA or the so-called Third Front,� he said.