Lapang sees tie up with NCP in Meghalaya

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Nongpoh(Meghalaya), Mar 03 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister D D Lapang today said that he was ready for a post poll tie up with the NCP if the state throws up a fractured mandate in today's poll.

Speaking to newsmen after casting his vote in the Nongpoh lower primary school, which is 40 km from Guwahati, Mr Lapang said he would not have any problem in sharing an alliance with his bete noire Mr P A Sangma of the Nationalist Congress Party.

Mr Sangma is leading the NCP and fast emerging as a major player along with the Congress and the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the 60-member Meghalaya House.

Mr Sangma had been in political wilderness since he attacked Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's foreign origin. He remained an ''untouchable'' since then.

''There is nothing like this permanently in politics. In the UPA government at the Centre, the NCP is in coalition and I do not forsee any problem having an alliance either with Mr Sangma or his party in Meghalaya,'' Mr Lapang said,admitting that no party would be in a position to form the government on its own.

Mr Lapang is locked in a tough contest with Dr R B Lyngoh of UDP but oozed confidence saying he would sail through.

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