Advani asks regional parties to help oust Congress in LS elections

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Guwahati/Shillong, Sep 29 (UNI) The BJP's quest for regional parties in the Northeast have successfully entered Meghalaya with Prime Ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani asking all non-Congress parties today to come on a common platform to oust the Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

" I met Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy and his other ministerial colleagues besides Mr P A Sangma, " said Mr Advani while addressing a press conference here at the Guwahati Airport after summing his two-day visit to Assam and Meghalaya.

The BJP last night had clinched a deal with the AGP in Assam since it was the most powerful regional party in the region, and the BJP felt that it would give them a chance to get majority of the Lok Sabha seats from this region.

" The high point of the visit was formally meeting the leaders of the AGP. This was the first formal meeting and I found it very satisfying. Both of us in alliance can really do justice to our potential and save the region from the Congress-led UPA, " the BJP leader said.

Asked about Meghalaya, he avoided a direct answer and said the very fact that all the smaller parties along with the NCP had come together to keep the Congress out had really impressed him.

" I think that is very big achievement, " said Mr Advani dropping enough hints that the BJP would like to take the ruling group of Meghalaya on board of the NDA.

The Leader of the Opposition met the Rabiram group of the Bodos, former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and most importantly a full-fledged delegation of AGP, led by its president Chandra Mohan Patowary, separately last night at Guwahati.

" We have to all work together to oust Congress and the UPA from power, " Mr Advani said to waiting media persons. The BJP is eyeing AGP which have consolidated itself by bringing all its factions together.

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