Himanta Biswa Sarma who is number two in the present Assam BJP has been made the convenor of the Alliance. Sarma, a former Tarun Gogoi aide had quit the Congress last year and was a key strategist in BJP’s campaign.
The alliance was formed at a meeting chaired by BJP president Amit Shah and attended by Sonowal and his Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim counterparts Kalikho Pul, T R Zeliang and P K Chamling.
The meeting was also attended by BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav and BJP North East Zonal Organising secretary Ajay Jamwal, they added.
“This alliance will be called North East Democratic Alliance. I congratulate Shri @himantabiswa on being declared as Convenor of NEDA,” Shah later tweeted.
“Main objective of the NEDA will be all-round development of North East and better co-ordination among the states and central govt,” he said in another tweet.
“CM of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Sikkim proposed to join an alliance of non-congress parties in N.East,” he further said.
Assam victory has given the BJP a new hope to expand their base in the north east where the Congress still runs three governments and the Left a fourth. North sends 25 MPs to Lok Sabha where the BJP now has eight seats.