MODI Wave Sweeps NE: BJP Emerges Number One Political Power House In North-East Drubbing Congress & Dethroning Marxists In Tripura To From The First -Ever Saffron led Govt In The Ex-Princely State


BJP is set to form first -ever Govt in Tripura wresting power from 25-year –old Left Front Government headed By Manik Sarkar. In Nagaland and Meghalaya, the Saffron Party is hopeful of forming Governments with its allies .The results of the three assembly elections held in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland each having 60 seats have established the Bharatiya Janata party as the supremo in the north-eastern region of India with international borders. It was one of the worst poll performances by the Congress, the nation’s oldest political party, under youthful Rahul Gandhi. The region having significant presence of Christian community and Tribal population for long had been considered the pocket borough of the GOP. Assembly poll was held in Tripura on February 18 and Meghalaya and Nagaland went to poll nine days later. Polling was conducted for 59 seats in the three states. One candidate each passed away in Meghalaya and Tripura and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphu Rio has been elected unopposed.    Himanta Biswa Sarma, the man behind the BJP’s performance in Tripura, said the alliance with Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura was the game changer.“Alliance with IPFT could have been suicidal or have given us a huge advantage, but Amit Shah was sure it would get good results. Many people did not want the merger, but the BJP president was in favour and that has helped. If Shah is called a student of post graduation, Rahul Gandhi is in nursery in terms of politics,” said Sarma. Incidentally, In 2013 Tripura assembly elections, BJP had put up 50 candidates. Of them, 59 lost their deposit and could not win a single seat five years ago. The contest in Tripura was between the BJP and the Left Front .While BJP was leading in 43 constituencies, the Left candidates were ahead in 16 seats as per the latest trend.  The BJP said the people in the northeast have voted for a change in Tripura and Nagaland and its effort in Meghalaya would be to usher in a non-Congress government.”We are happy with the trends so far in Tripura where the BJP looks like forming a government with 40 or more seats (in the 60-member assembly). Go for change was our slogan and the people have accepted our campaign,” BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav told reporters as elated party workers gathered in large numbers at the party office to celebrate the verdict. Madhav conceded that the CPI-M gave a good fight in Tripura but people voted for change. Behind this verdict there was hard work by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who not merely addressed four election meetings but was continuously monitoring the BJP strategy in Tripura along with party President Amit Shah. The counting of votes in assembly elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland began at 8am on Saturday. While the Congress, which seems to be losing power after ruling Meghalaya for 10 years, the Naga People’s Front has been in power in Nagaland since 2003, except for President’s rule for three months in 2008.  Ram Madhav says the NDPP-BJP alliance is performing well in Nagaland and will form government. With election trends projecting that the Congress could emerge as the single-largest party in Meghalaya, the party has rushed two senior leaders to the north-eastern state to explore possibilities of forming a government.Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath left for Shillong to work out possible tie-ups with independents in Meghalaya to form a government there. Sources say that Biplob Kumar Deb, President of Tripura BJP, is front runner for heading the State Government. He has been closely associated with the R S S leaders and after graduating from Tripura University, he arrived in Delhi for masters and worked there as gymnast instructor. After living for fifteen years in Delhi, he returned to his home State. He has been elected from Banamalipur constituency in Agartala.Deb along with Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ram Madhav, BJP’s National General Secretary and Sunil Deodhar formed a core team for election strategy. Comrade Sangma, President of National People’s party, has gone on record saying his party is willing to form government in Meghalaya in alliance with BJP.Incidentally, he is the son of P A Sangma, former Lok Sabha Speaker and Union Minister.PA Sangma had not rejoined Congress after walking out of it and maintained cordial relations with BJP till his demise.(image : courtesy NDTV)

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