Shillong: Distancing himself from the UPA, NCP leader P A Sangma has said he would campaign for the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim in the run-up to the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.
“I will campaign for the BJP in Arunachals West constituency (for Kiren Rijiju) and Sikkim (for S S Ahluwalia),” Sangma told a local news channel late on Sunday night.
On Sunday, in Guwahati, Sangma had cobbled up a non-Congress political forum in the Northeast comprising 13 parties, which, he said, would aggressively campaign against the UPA in the forthcoming LS polls.
The forum — North East Peoples Forum — included the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF), BJP, Bodoland Peoples Progressive Front (BPPF), Nagaland Peoples Front, Manipur Peoples Party (MPP) and CPI.
Sangma, on a campaign to enlist support for the Meghalaya Progressive Alliance demanding revocation of Central Rule in Meghalaya, claimed, “UPA will undoubtedly collapse in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.”
Pointing to the rift between the UPA and the LJP and RJD in Bihar, Sangma said the collapse of the UPA has now become ‘imminent’.
Asked about his party president and union minister Sharad Pawar’s role when the union cabinet recommended PR in Meghalaya, he said, “Pawar protested it, but he was sidelined. Its majority that matters in democracy. The Congress bulldozed Central Rule in Meghalaya. Its their culture.”
The NCP leader had met BJP leader L K Advani and leaders of the Left and JD(U) to drum up support for his campaign against the Centres decision to impose PR in Meghalaya.
Sangma, the founder member of NCP, also said the tie-up between the NCP and the Congress was limited to seat sharing in Maharashtra.
Originally a Congressman, Sangma was a founder member of the NCP, before he along with Sharad Pawar and Tariq Anwar were expelled from the Congress for questioning the right of Sonia Gandhi to lead the party in 1999.
In 2004, Sangma created a split in the NCP. Sangmas faction merged with the Trinamool Congress. A year later, he returned to NCP.