National People’s Party (NPP) national president PA Sangma has shown keen interest in joining National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and has written letter to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Rajnath Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani and to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
According to source, Sangma has written letter to Advani on January 22, 2014, Singh on February 13, 2014 and to Modi on February 14 this year.
On the Sangma’s direction former union minister Arvind Netram and Sunil Bhargava from NPP Rajasthan met BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh senior leaders at Delhi and response seems to be positive.
On contacting NPP state president Sunil Bhargava, he confirmed that talks of NPP are going on with the senior BJP and RSS leaders and now the ball is in the court of BJP, as it has to decide whether to have alliance with NPP or not.
NPP has expressed its wish to contest on 13 parliamentary seats in India including two seats in Rajasthan namely Dausa and Sawai Madhopur-Tonk parliamentary constituencies The final meeting is yet to take place, as Sangma was unwell. The source informed that there are certain glitches, which will be resolved soon when top leaders will meet.
The source informed that hindrance that is being faced in the alliance is chief minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, who does not want alliance with Dr Kirori Lal Meena who is patron of NPP Rajasthan and MLA from Dausa assembly constituency. It is to be mentioned that differences cropped up between Raje and Dr Meena and the later quit the party in 2008.
Source informed that five parties in north east have already formed an alliance under the leadership of Sangma.
BJP on its own is likely to win five to six seats in Assam and this tally can increase if alliance takes place. In all NDA can get 10-13 seats instead of getting BJP winning 5-6 seats in North East.
Similarly, in Rajasthan, BJP on the basis of last assembly elections can win 18 seats on its own without the support of NPP. If alliance takes place then BJP can win 23 parliamentary seats in Rajasthan. The source said that BJP can repeat the history in Rajasthan during this general election like Janata Party that won 24 parliamentary seats in 1977.
For the overall benefit of NDA at the general elections, the Raje factor has to be negated, the source informed.
It is to be mentioned that Dr Meena is an MBBS. He is RSS background person was with BJP for many years and in 2008 quit the party due to differences with Vasundhara Raje. He contested 2008 assembly elections as an independent candidate and became MLA. Later he also contested parliamentary elections from Dausa in 2009 and won. He enjoys extensive support from the Meena community in Dausa belt. In 2013 assembly elections, he contested from Dausa assembly seat and won.