BJP 21, Congress - 3

04 March 2018, 03:40 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya Assembly Elections: Counting Begins

Assembly election in Meghalaya

The BJP, which contested in 51 seats, has secured over 43 per cent of the votes.

As election results for three northeastern states come in, one thing which clearly emerges is the massive surge in BJP's vote share. However, the anti-Left space, which was with the Congress, has now completely shifted to the BJP. Polling was held in 59 seats in 1988, while it was countermanded in one seat due to the death of the CPI (M) candidate.

Reportedly, the BJP and its ally Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) gained the upper hand in 42 seats of the 60-strong legislative assembly. Constituencies in Tripura are largely small, with around 60,000 to 65,000 voters per constituency.

Targeting the Left and the Congress, Modi said the election results in the northeast have proved that the best reply to those spreading rumours and lies was given by people in democracy through their votes.

In contrast, he said, BJP chief Amit Shah was marching ahead by leading the party to victories in many states.

"In Meghalaya, a divided result is a possibility, we will see that a non-Congress government is formed there", BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav told the media. The BJP has, apart from other factors, utilized massive deployment of money and other resources to influence the elections.

That is far from the case. Central ministers have spent more nights in one of these states to deal with their problems in the last four years than they did all the years earlier, he said. "And the BJP built a narrative based on the lack of job avenues, industries... development and all, which we could not counter properly", a senior Left leader said.

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The Trinamool Congress chief said the BJP got 50 per cent votes while, CPI-M got 45 per cent.

"No Marxist could try to break the jingoism". "Why have they gone there", he asked. These days, becoming "Bhadralok" will alone not do,"said Sekhar Dutta, a political analyst of Tripura". However, he couldn't address issues of unemployment, economic sluggishness and on-off demand for tribal Tipraland.

He said that CPI (M) would continue to oppose the BJP and its "divisive agenda" not only in Tripura but throughout the country. But the climb back is not going to be very easy.

Five Left Front ministers lost the elections this time. Nearly all senior leaders would cross 70. Most probably, Congress will form government here with the help of others and independents. "When a sun sets, its colour is also red", the PM said, drawing a parallel to the end of the Left's 25-year-rule in Tripura.

For the BJP, things would not be easy either. I congratulate our workers in all the three states.

"No way that is possible".

Debbarma said, "We lacked coordination".



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