March 18, 2018

Tripura drubbing may force CPM to rethink alliance with Cong

04 March 2018, 08:29 | Christie Tate

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addresses the media on his arrival at Hubballi airport on Saturday

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addresses the media on his arrival at Hubballi airport on Saturday

The party cadres had gathered here to celebrate BJP's victory in Left bastion Tripura.

The BJP created history by winning the Tripura Assembly Elections with a thumping majority.

While the BJP and its ally IPFT has won 43 seats out of 59 Tripura constituencies, the Left Front managed to win 16 seats. BJP on Saturday pulled off an unprecedented feat in Tripura by winning the state by a two-thirds majority, with enough numbers to form a government on its own.

However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is eyeing to form a government in the state with the support of the regional parties.

The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) also secured 27 seats, running neck and neck with the BJP-NDPP combine.

"The victory of BJP is not an ordinary electoral victory".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party ended 25 years of uninterrupted communist party rule in a northeastern state and consolidated its position in two other states in key provincial elections.

The UDP and HSPDP, which stitched a pre-poll alliance, won only six and two seats respectively, while the newly floated People's Democratic Front won four.

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Though the general secretary was tight-lipped, it has become amply clear that party leaders supporting his line will now strongly push for having an understanding with all anti-BJP forces as against Karat's policy of keeping a distance from other such parties.

The failure of the Congress to hold on their influence was a primary reason for the victory of the BJP.

"We can no longer afford to keep the Congress out of the broader unity of Left and democratic forces", a senior CPI (M) leader of Tripura, who also did not wish to be named, said.

Chief minister Mukul Sangma-led Congress party was leading in the Meghalaya assembly elections, according to initial trends by Election Commission.

"The BJP's vote share in the state has shot up to 40 percent from a mere 2.1 percent in 2013", she said.

"It is a journey from no one to number won, from "shoonya to shikhar" (zero to top)", a jubilant PM Modi said.

Addressing the media after his win in North Shillong, the sole victor from Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), Adelbert Nongrum, said, "Wherever I have campaigned, I have made it clear that I will not compromise on the issues that benefit the genuine causes of the indigenous peoples".

He added: "Only after a meeting with Rijiju will the NPF stake its claim to form the government".

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