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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