March 18, 2018

BJP form People's Democratic Alliance in Nagaland

03 March 2018, 11:24 | Christie Tate

People voting in Tripura. Credit PTI

People voting in Tripura. Credit PTI

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

Sources reports are saying that Chief Minister Manik Sarkar was not able to make it an unprecedented fifth term in office comes as a big blow to the Left.

The outcome of assembly elections in three north-eastern states - the BJP (with ally IPFT) won a majority in Tripura, wrested power in Nagaland (with the NDPP) and consolidated base in Meghalaya - will send out a positive signal to the market, which is bracing for a spike in volatility with a host of crucial state polls lining up.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party on Saturday recorded a spectacular victory in Tripura state and a strong showing elsewhere in the country's northeast region ahead of the national election in 2019.

A supporter of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reacts as others apply colour powder on her face while they celebrate after learning of the initial poll results of Tripura state assembly elections, in Agartala, India March 3, 2018.

The development would come as a booster for the BJP, analysts say.

People are talking - If the Naga People's Front (NPF) had just stuck up with the BJP last month, they would have probably get the chance to continue ruling Nagaland for another 5 years.

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The BJP along with its allies will now have governments in 21 states across the country. The former RSS volunteer is also the BJP's youngest chief in any state.

The NDPP-BJP alliance along with one independent and one JD (U) MLA have chose to form a new coalition known as the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA).

The Congress had a disastrous performance in the state as it failed to win any seat. But as the results prove, they had to take a serious beating at their own backyard.

Earlier, Yechury said the CPM accepts the people's mandate in Tripura which is for the formation of BJP-IPTF alliance government.

The BJP could win just two seats in Christian-dominated Meghalaya, but its North-East Democratic alliance partner National People's Party clinched 19. "The pain that we had of losing our workers was shared by the people of Tripura", PM Modi said dedicating the victory to the workers who lost their lives in the violence.

Then again, the Congress is not giving up so easily and it is trying very hard to prevent the Manipur episode from being implicated in Meghalaya. "I do not know why the Congress supplied oxygen to the BJP". The rest was done by anti-incumbency against the left and near complete shift of the Congress vote bank to BJP.

Tripura Pradesh BJP President Biplab Kumar Deb, who won from Banamalipur, is tipped to be the Chief Ministerial choice. I personally told Rahul Gandhi: Look we are new in Tripura and we are yet to do anything there. The BJP got two seats while 17 seats went to other regional outfits.

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