Indian prime minister's party notches key state election win

Posted March 06, 2018

Charging the BJP of showing utter disregard for the mandate of the people in Meghalaya, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the party has usurped power in the state.

"My honest thanks to each and every Congress worker who toiled for the party", Gandhi tweeted in the aftermath of the election results.

A senior party member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the result of the Tripura Assembly election was likely to change equations within the party.

While the BJP wrested the Left bastion of Tripura and received an invitation to be a part of the government in Nagaland, it was a hung Assembly in Meghalaya. "My honest thanks to each and every Congress worker who toiled for the party", Gandhi said on Twitter.

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The reaction by Rahul came even as he has come in for criticism for not being in the country at the time of the results.

In Tripura, the BJP has worked on a plan. In Tripura, the Congress leader said, BJP has aligned with the IPFT, a party with division of the state as its election plank which is now demanding a tribal chief minister.

The CPI (M), which ruled Tripura for 25 years running, won 11 seats and its candidates were leading in five more.

The state unit celebrated the BJP's performance in the three states following directives from the national BJP. BJP made him the convener of the North East Democratic alliance (NEDA) formed to bring all the non-Congress parties under the NDA umbrella and it has paid off spectacularly for the party once only known for its existence in the Hindi belt. Six of its MLAs had deserted the party in 2016 and switched over to the Trinamool Congress.

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In Nagaland, BJP's emergence as the force that will form the government is in line with the region's centripetal attraction to New Delhi.

In the February 18 polls, the CPI-M politburo member retained his Dhanpur (in western Tripura under Sepahijala district) assembly constituency for the fifth consecutive time. He was mentored in RSS first by KN Govindacharya and thereafter by BJP leader Sunil Deodhar. As had happened in Goa and Manipur in 2017, the BJP has come from behind to cobble together a rainbow alliance in Meghalaya with merely 2 MLAs.

Jayarajan, who is also the private secretary of chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, alleged that the Congress leaders and its cadres had moved towards BJP. Surjewala tweeted. He, however, gave his party s best wishes to the people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, praying that peace, progress, cohabitation and development would be on the agendas of the new governments.

In a Facebook post, the chief minister said that the Left will return to power in Tripura by fighting for the rights of the working class.

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On the other hand, the BJP has every reason to feel pleased and will have its tail up in the upcoming electoral clash.