BJP begins the process to form government in Tripura

A day after the Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly election results were out, throwing up hung assemblies, the states are moving towards new coalition governments with the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) as part of both.

The BJP, which stunned the 25-year-old regime of the CPI (M) on Saturday by winning a convincing majority on its own in Tripura, is all set to form its maiden Government there with its pre-poll alliance partner Indigenous Peoples' Front of Tripura (IPFT), a tribal outfit.

Elections in Manipur and Goa had played out in exactly the same manner a year ago - the Congress was the largest party with no party getting a majority, but failed to get support to form government.

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

March 5 (ANI): Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday flew back to India from Italy after meeting his maternal grandmother, according to the party sources. Rahul Gandhi is now in Italy to surprise his grandmother. The exit of the Congress from most of the region, and the disappearance of the popular Left government has left BJP with a clean field except for local parties who are most susceptible to money and can be controlled fairly easily as and when required. "My honest thanks to each and every Congress worker who toiled for the party", Gandhi said on Twitter. Added to the BJP's two seats and PDF's 4 and one won by an independent candidate, the number comes up to 34, three more than the simple majority mark of 31 in the 60-member assembly.

Hailing the BJP's performance in recently-held elections in three North-Eastern states, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the party will register victory in poll-bound Karnataka as well. Together with BJP they equal the Congress tally.

The BJP won nine seats and was leading in two. While it toppled Manik Sarkar-led Left Front government in Tripura, it also went on to secure the numbers for government formation in Meghalaya with the help of allies.

"Stressing that Chief Ministerial candidate Conrad Sangma and his NPP have promised division of Meghalaya, he asked: ". what is Modiji's take on it?" It first worked to decimate the Congress with complete success as the party lost not just its legislators but its workers to the BJP.

The BJP had unleashed violence against Left cadres in Tripura after its victory, he alleged.

Some political observers attribute the BJP's good showing in the Northeast to the party's determination to expand its rule. Tell tale signs of BJP s blind quest for power superseding the stability of region, propagation of democracy, nipping the separatist tendencies and ignoring core issues of region are already visible, Surjewala said.

  • Tracy Klein