In a major victory, the Bharatiya Janata Party surged ahead of the Manik Sarkar-led party, putting an end to Left’s 25 years of rule. The party along with ally Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) has managed to win 43 seats in the 60-member House. The Left, meanwhile, is reduced to 16 seats. The Congress, which over the years has played the second fiddle in the state and has been in power twice, has failed to open its account and its candidates are set to lose their deposits.
In Nagaland, the BJP+NDPP alliance has won 29 seats, while the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) party is trailing behind with a win of 27 seats. With the backing of JD(U) and an independent candidate, BJP+NDPP alliance is all set to form a government in Nagaland.
In Meghalaya, meanwhile, the mandate is fractured. While the Congress is the largest party with 21 seats, the regional parties have won 17 seats. The National People’s Party (NPP) has won 19 and the BJP has got two seats. The parties have reportedly rushed senior leaders to the state this morning to explore possibilities of alliances in a bid to retain control over the state.
Calling the results in Northeast historic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter said, “The people of India are reposing their faith in the positive and development oriented agenda of the NDA.” He also called Tripura verdict “epoch-making one.” “It is a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation. Today peace and non-violence has prevailed over fear,” he added.
Counting of votes began this morning in the three northeastern states. They are among eight states to go to polls this year. Tripura voted on February 18, while elections to Nagaland and Meghalaya were held on February 27. Tripura recorded a turnout close to 89 per cent while Nagaland and Meghalaya recorded nearly 75 per cent voters’ participation.