Tripura Election Results 2018 highlights: BJP-IPFT alliance drubs Left, PM says democracy has won in state

Here are the highlights on Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018: The saffron party inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Left Front which had never faced such a situation even when it had lost power in 1988 to the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity combine.

Tripura election results 2018 LIVE Updates: Tripura Assembly Polls Result 2018: BJP-IPFT alliance wins two-third majority in 60-member Tripura Assembly. BJP wins 32 and IPFT 8 seats: EC.

The BJP and its alliance partner Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) ended the Left Front’s 25-year-rule in Tripura with a strong showing in the Assembly polls, while Meghalaya elected a hung assembly. It is a huge turnaround for BJP, which had no MLAs in the 60-member House and had got only around 1.5 per cent votes in the assembly election five years back. The BJP and IPFT together bagged 43 seats. The elections in 59 seats in the 60-member Assembly were held on February 18.

The saffron party inflicted a humiliating defeat on the Left Front which had never faced such a situation even when it had lost power in 1988 to the Congress-Tripura Upajati Juba Samity combine.

Agartala town erupted in celebrations even as the third round of counting of votes was underway, with cries of ‘Jai Siyaram and Bharat Mata ki Jai’ filling the air at the BJP office where national general secretary Ram Madhav declared that his party will form the next government in Tripura.

Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah today reached the party headquarters flashing a victory sign amid imminent win for the party in Tripura assembly elections.

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Counting is being held for 59 seats as the election for Charilam constituency, which was countermanded due to the death of CPI(M) candidate Ramendra Narayan Debbarma, will be held on March 12. The counting is scheduled for March 15. The state is crucial for the Left, which is its last bastion in the country, with Manik Sarkar’s 20-year rule facing a sort of referendum this election. An impressive 89.9 per cent voter turnout was registered in Tripura.  (Updates with inputs from Sourav RoyBarman)

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Highlights of Tripura Assembly Election Results 2018 below

  1. 1:41PM
    04 Mar, 18
    NDPP-BJP leaders meet Nagaland Guv to stake claim to form govt

    Meanwhile, in Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, along with BJP north east in-charge Ram Madhav, meets Governor PB Acharya to stake claim to form government.

    Earlier, on Saturday night JD(U), which had extended support to NPF, shifted loyalties to the BJP-NDPP alliance. In its statement of support, JD(U) Nagaland said, “In the interest of the party this is to convey that the JD(U) has decided to support the BJP in formation of a stable government of Nagaland. This decision is taken after a serious consideration of the current verdict . And also to safeguard the interest of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Delhi.”

  2. 1:40PM
    04 Mar, 18
    How BJP consumed Congress while eating into Left

    These 10 seats provide an illustration of how the BJP, in snatching the state from the Left Front, relegated the Left to the Congress’s former position of principal Opposition, and how it sent the Congress to a position not too different from the BJP’s own five years ago —when the latter had forfeited its deposits in 49 of the 50 seats it had contested. READ MORE

  3. 1:33PM
    04 Mar, 18

    Here is a roundup of the Tripura Assembly election results: Of the 59 constituencies where votes were cast on February 18, the BJP and its ally, Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), grabbed 43, ending Manik Sarkar’s four-term stint as chief minister. The BJP, which had secured 1.54 per cent votes in the 2013 assembly polls in the state, got over 43 per cent of the votes in the 51 seats it contested this time.

    The CPM, which had 48.11 per cent votes in 2013, managed 42.6 per cent. But the Left Front was trounced in the numbers game, dropping from 50 to 16 seats. The Congress was decimated — it had 10 seats and 36.53 per cent vote share in 2013, but drew a blank this time.

  4. 1:27PM
    04 Mar, 18

    Following the declaration of results of Assembly elections in the northeastern states of Tripura and Nagaland, the BJP is set to increase the number of states it rules — either by itself or as part of an alliance — to 21.

    These states are home to over 70 per cent of India’s population. The situation in Meghalaya, the third state where Assembly elections were held, was fluid on Saturday night.

  5. 1:22PM
    04 Mar, 18
    How Tripura was won

    The conclusive victory for the BJP in the first electoral contest between the political Left and Right in the country, winning Tripura by a two-third majority, was scripted over two years. If the CPM saw it, it did little to fight back.

    From the issues to pick up, including salaries being paid as per the 4th Pay Commission in the state when the country had moved onto the 7th, to targeting the youth, who are believed to have broken ranks with families to vote for it, and tapping into the RSS’s long-term Northeast agenda to setting in place its own base, the BJP has been at work since January 2016 to crack the citadel built by the Left over 25 years. Read More

  6. 9:45AM
    04 Mar, 18

    "No one would have believed if I said it a few days ago that BJP will form govt in Tripura. We also had doubts a few days ago if our govt can be formed there because of long tenure of left governance. This is an extraordinary event in political history," MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, a day after the results for Tripura Assembly elections were announced.

  7. 10:06PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Tripura CM Manik Sarkar wins Dhanpur seat by 5,441 votes

    Tripura CM Manik Sarkar wins Dhanpur seat by 5,441 votes, defeating his nearest rival Pratima Bhowmik of BJP. He bags 22,176 votes.

  8. 8:42PM
    03 Mar, 18
    JP Nadda says Tripura victory significant for party

    Victory in Tripura has been a significant victory. BJP & allies share more than 50% of popular votes. This is a victory of democracy, and against violence for which CPM is well known: JP Nadda

  9. 7:12PM
    03 Mar, 18
    PM Modi speaks to party workers at BJP headquarters

    People of Northeast had a sense of alienation, our govt worked overtime to remove it: Narendra Modi in address to BJP workers.

  10. 7:11PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Sitaram Yechury on counting of votes in Tripura

    BJP's polling agent didn't sign on controlling unit, didn't follow procedure and are now demanding re-polling. Met Chief Election Commissioner & he's assured he'll intervene & take action: Sitaram Yechury on counting of votes stopped in Manik Sarkar's constituency Dhanpur, Tripura

  11. 6:44PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Elected team in Tripura is youngest ever: PM Modi

    I do not have the figures but I think the elected team in Tripura is the youngest ever team. Some of them were even scared that would be rejected on the grounds of their age. Such young candidates successfully won people's confidence: PM Modi

  12. 6:44PM
    03 Mar, 18
    PM Modi addresses gathering at BJP headquarters

    Election analysts in India will have to understand the journey from No one to One, shunya se shikhar tak. When the sun sets it is red in color and when it rises it is saffron: PM Modi 

  13. 5:15PM
    03 Mar, 18
    We will also include other members of our alliance in the Tripura cabinet: Amit Shah

    BJP might have a clear majority in Tripura but we will also include other members of our alliance in the cabinet: BJP President Amit Shah

  14. 5:01PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Amit Shah says mandate after mandate has been on PM Modi's favour

    Even if we don't count Meghalaya, BJP & NDA has governance in 21 states across the nation today. Mandate after mandate has been in the favor of Narendra Modi Ji & his govt: Amit Shah

  15. 4:28PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Amit Shah holds press conference in BJP headquarters in New Delhi

    In 2014 Narendra Modi Ji had said western side of the nation has developed a lot but the same has not reached the eastern side yet. He immediately started his 'Act East Policy'. I believe this is the victory of his policies, stamped by the 3 states of the north-east: Amit Shah

  16. 4:18PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Ready to be CM, but BJP Parliamentary Board will take final call: Biplab Deb

    With the BJP on the cusp of ending the Left Front's 25-year-rule in Tripura, state party chief Biplab Kumar Deb today said he was ready to take on the mantle of chief minister, but a decision on it would be taken by the party's highest decision making body, the Parliamentary Board.

  17. 4:17PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Setback in Tripura and Nagaland, says Ahmed Patel

    We have a clear majority in Meghalaya. We have a setback in Tripura and Nagaland, we will have to work on that: Ahmed Patel, Congress

  18. 4:15PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Congress leader Kamal Nath says BJP has come to power in Tripura after long

    After a long time BJP has come to power in Tripura. On what factors this became possible, people of the state will come to understand gradually: Kamal Nath, Congress

  19. 4:13PM
    03 Mar, 18
    PM Modi says win in Tripura is a win for democracy over brute force

    The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one. It's a win for democracy over brute force and intimidation. Today peace and non-violence has prevailed over fear. We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves, tweets PM Narendra Modi

  20. 3:55PM
    03 Mar, 18
    CPI(M) accuses the BJP of using money power to influence elections

    BJP has, apart from other factors, utilised massive deployment of money & other resources to influence the elections. BJP was able to consolidate all the anti-Left votes virtually appropriating the erstwhile main opposition, Congress: CPI (M)

  21. 3:52PM
    03 Mar, 18
    A CPI(M) statement thanked voters for their support to Left Front

    Politburo thanks the 45 per cent of the voters who extended support to CPI(M) & Left Front. We assure the people of Tripura that it will continue to champion the cause of all sections of the working people & uphold tribal-non tribal unity: CPI (M) 

  22. 3:50PM
    03 Mar, 18
    BJP's state president in Tripura on being the CM candidate

    I don't want to comment anything on this issue. Decision will be taken by the party: Biplab Kumar Deb, BJP state president Tripura on if he will be made the CM

  23. 3:40PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Kiren Rijiju says trends in three states indicates a new political direction for country

    Commenting on the trends in three states, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that they indicated a new political direction which would have an effect on national politics as well.

  24. 3:40PM
    03 Mar, 18
    BJP breaches 'Red Fort' in Tripura, set to end 25-year rule

    The BJP and its ally IPFT were set to end the Left Front's 25-year-rule in Tripura with a strong showing in the Assembly polls, while Meghalaya seemed to be headed for a hung House.

  25. 3:31PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Tripura agriculture minister loses

    Tripura Agriculture minister Aghore Debbarma (CPI-M) was defeated by a margin of 6,988 votes by his nearest rival Mevar Kumar Jamatiya of IPFT in Asharambari ST constituency, Election Commission sources told PTI. 

  26. 3:30PM
    03 Mar, 18
    BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi waving at supporters

    BJP President Amit Shah reached the party headquarters in New Delhi today where he waved at his supporters amid imminent victory in Tripura elections 

  27. 3:22PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters amid celebrations

    BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters amid celebrations as the party is set to win in Tripura.

  28. 2:52PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Smriti Irani congratulates BJP workers on the massive mandate

    Union Minister Smriti Irani too congratulated BJP workers over the massive mandate. "Unprecedented victory of @BJP4India in Tripura. PM @narendramodi ji’s emphasis on development of North East has found resonance with citizens of NER. Heartiest congratulations to our President @AmitShah ji & Team @BJP4Tripura for the massive win," Irani said.

  29. 2:46PM
    03 Mar, 18
    BJP's Tripura win a victory of PM's politics of development, says Amit Shah

    BJP chief Amit Shah said the party's win in Tripura was a victory of PM Narendra Modi's politics of development and his commitment to the welfare of north-east. "I thank brothers and sisters of Tripura for their massive support to BJP. This is the victory of PM Modi's politics of development and his commitment to the welfare of North-Eastern region of India," he tweeted.

  30. 2:40PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Celebrations begin in Karnataka over BJP's victory in Tripura

    Celebrations begin in Karnataka over BJP's victory in Tripura as party chief Amit Shah arrives at BJP headquarters in Delhi. 

  31. 2:24PM
    03 Mar, 18
    BJP-IPFT wins in 6 seats, CPI(M) secures victory in one

    According to the latest ECI report, BJP and its ally Indigenous People's Front Of Tripura have won in 6 seats, while the CPI(M) has secured victory in one. CPI(M) Bishalgarh candidate Bhanulal Saha won narrowly against BJP's Nitai Chaudhari by 766 votes. In Kanchanpur, IPFT's Prem Kumar Reang defeated CPI(M)'s Rajendra Reang by 4131 votes. In Mohanpur, BJP's Ratan Lal Nath thumped Subhashchandra Debnath of CPI(M) by 5176 votes. BJP also secured a comfortable victory in Ambassa constituency by 3585 votes. In another tribal seat, Raima Valley, IPFT candidate Dhananjoy won agaisnt Lal Mohan of CPI(M) by 1922 votes. Karbook assembly constituency aslo went to BJP, with its candidate Burba Mohan defeating CPI(M)'s Priyamani Debbarma by 797 votes.

  32. 2:05PM
    03 Mar, 18
    If Amit Shah is a PG student in politics, Rahul Gandhi is in nursery, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

    Continuing his sharp attack against the Congress, which is in the verge of being wiped out in Tripura, BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma said if Amit Shah was a student of post graduation, then Congress president Rahul Gandhi was still in nursery. Sarma was in the Congress for nearly two decades and a minister in the then Tarun Gogoi-led Congress governments for nearly 15 years before joining the BJP in 2015. "I would say, if Amit Shah is a student of post graduate in politics, Rahul Gandhi is still in nursery class," PTI quoted Sarma as saying.

  33. 2:03PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Agartala tense, police cordons off a number of roads

    Meanwhile, with CPM's rout in Tripura imminent, tension hung in the air in Agartala. Even as BJP workers started their celebrations, taking out parades, CPM members have started gathering in certain places. The police have cordoned off a number of roads and are keeping a close watch in the capital.

  34. 1:52PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Biplab Deb: The man who could be BJP’s CM candidate in Tripura

    Even though BJP did not declare any chief ministerial candidate during its campaigning, the fact that its state unit chief Biplab Deb would succeed Manik Sarkar as CM was a foregone conclusion, with his image smiling down from every poll banner across the state and also because of the absence of any strong leader who coud rival Deb's personality as they were mostly Congress turncoats. Here is the full profile of Biplab Deb

  35. 1:48PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Manik Sarkar extends his lead further to 3278 votes in Dhanpur

    Manik Sarkar extends his lead further to 3278 votes in Dhanpur constituency. However, his BJP rival Pratima Bhoumik is also giving a close fight. Sarkar had won the 2013 Assembly polls by a margin of 6017 votes.

  36. 1:41PM
    03 Mar, 18
    Vaampanth-mukt Bharat close to reality, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Reacting to BJP's impressive show in Tripura, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said besides Congress-mukt Bharat, one could also say Vaampanth-mukt Bharat. "In a way the entire north-east is now with the BJP. Initially, we used to say 'Congress-mukt Bharat'. Now, I think we can say 'Vaampanth Mukt Bharat' also," Prasad said.

  37. 1:36PM
    03 Mar, 18
    CPI(M) Rajya Sabha member Jharna Das Baidya trailing

    Jharna Das Baidya of CPI(M), a sitting Rajya Sabha member, is trailing behind BJP's Dilip Sarkar in Badharghat by 4035 votes. Latest ECI report, shows that CPI(M) still has the maximum vote share at 43.3%, while the BJP is close behind with 42.4%. However, BJP and IPFT together have a vote share of 50%.

  38. 1:30PM
    03 Mar, 18
    CM Manik Sarkar can go to Bangladesh, says Himanta Biswa Sarma

    Following CPM's poor showing in the Tripura elections, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said outgoing CM Manik Sarkar could take shelter in West Bengal, Kerala or neighbouring Bangladesh. "Manik Sarkar has just three options before him. He can go to West Bengal, where the CPI-M still has some presence. He can go to Kerala, where the party is in power and will rule for three more years or he can go to neighbouring Bangladesh," Sarma said.

  39. 1:21PM
    03 Mar, 18
    BJP-IPFT alliance registers its first win

    BJP-IPFT alliance registers its first win. IPFT leader Mevar Jamatia trounces Tribal Affairs Minister Aghore Debbarma by 6987 votes at Asharambari constituency.