Political parties mum on post-poll alliance
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, February 24: Though results of the 9th Assembly elections would be declared in a few days time, most political parties are yet to srike deal on possible post poll alliances in case the results call for a coalition Government.

On the other hand, the Congress party is exuding confident of securing 32 to 35 seats, enough to form the next Govt on its own.

The NCP, RJD and CPI, though partners of the UPA Government at the centre, have not spelt out any explicit stand whether they would tie up with Congress, if at all a coalition front is needed.

Nevertheless, leaders of these political parties hinted that options are open to go with any party (may be either Congress or MPP) provided the coalition front is secular and progressive and committed to the common interest of the State.

Talking to The Sangai Express, RJD State unit president W Nipamacha confided his party will secure not less than ten seats.

While declining to comment on the possible post poll alliance, the former Chief Minister said that RJD would join any front which is really committed to the cause of the people.

Meanwhile, MPCC's media cell chairman Seram Mangi claimed that Congress would be victorious in 32 to 35 Assembly segments.

"Earlier we expected more than this figure but it had to be trimmed down because of �consensus candidates� fielded by the UNC", he said.

Presenting his personnel opinion, Mangi speculated that others parties may support from outside in line with the UPA model even if Congress secures absolute majority.