The NCP on Tuesday expressed eagerness in having a pre-poll alliance with the Congress and like minded regional parties in Meghalaya and other north eastern states ahead of next year's assembly elections.
"We want to forge a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Meghalaya and other states in the Northeast as is the case at the Centre and in Maharashtra," NCP NE Central Observer Robert Kharshiing told PTI in Shillong.
Kharshiing, a former Rajya Sabha MP, said he was meeting Congress leaders in Meghalaya to sort this out first before taking the alliance ahead in other NE states.
Kharshiing expressed confidence that the Central leaderships of both the parties were open to the alliance in Meghalaya and other NE states.
The NCP has two MLAs Sanbor Shullai and Adolf Lu Hitler Marak -- in the 60-member House in Meghalaya.
While the Congress was averse to an alliance with the PA Sangma-led NCP in Meghalaya, his exit from the party is seen as an ice-breaker that could see both parties working together in the state and in the Northeast.
Besides the Congress, the NCP has also expressed keenness in having a pre-poll alliance with the coalition partners of the Congress in the state.
"We would like to work together with the UDP (having 10 MLAs), the HSPDP (having two MLAs) and the KHNAM in the ensuing elections," Kharshiing said.
Assembly elections are due in Meghalaya in February-March 2013.