BJP's probable Tripura CM candidate meets Manik Sarkar

Hannah Rogers
March 6, 2018

But the BJP in its pre-election alliance chose Neiphiu Rio's new party and projected him as presumptive chief minister. "Chief minister Manik Sarkar may have a clean image but he is presiding over a corrupt government" - was the refrain. In 2017 UP Assembly Election, BJP had won 312 of the total 403 seats. The BJP has been riding a wave of rising Hindu nationalism in the country.

Though the Congress failed to get a majority in Meghalaya and did not win a single seat in either Tripura or Nagaland, the leaders insisted they were not troubled by the results and were confident of emerging victorious in Karnataka, where elections are to be held shortly.

He said that in Nagaland, the BJP is in government with NPF - yet it fought the assembly election in alliance with its opposition party NDPP.

The loss in Tripura has also once again revived the debate within the party on whether to enter into anti-BJP alliances with other secular parties. This, the party narrowly avoided in the aftermath of the 1996 parliamentary elections (sic) when the question of allowing then former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu to become prime minister was turned down by the Politburo.

A spectacular victory for BJP in Tripura election has very little significance for the 2019 general election. On results day, March 3, Mr Zeliang said although the BJP has a formal alliance with the NDPP, the doors of the NPF were open for the BJP to come and join.

In attendance are Prime Minister Narendra Modi Union MEA Sushma Swaraj senior leader LK Advani among others
In attendance are Prime Minister Narendra Modi Union MEA Sushma Swaraj senior leader LK Advani among others

An order signed on Sunday by EC Secretary Arvind Kumar said a tabulation error made by the Returning Officer on Saturday led to the declaration of N.R. Zeliang of the Naga People's Front (NPF) as the victor of the Tenning constituency instead of Namri Nchang of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).

The loss for the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, in Tripura after 25 years in power has left the party holding the reins of governance in only one state-Kerala. The remaining eight seats went to a regional group, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura.

While the BJP wrested the Left bastion of Tripura and received an invitation to be a part of the government in Nagaland, Meghalaya elected a hung Assembly. Senior party leaders Ahmed Patel and Kamal Nath are in the state capital of Shillong, working out possible tie-ups with Independent MLAs in a bid to form a government.

"Today we are seeing a true pan-India rise of the BJP". Having recently set up governments in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, the party's Mission North East is coming together.

The obvious problem with this strategy is that, even after putting all their resources to use in Gujarat, Congress still came up short. He said he would meet BJP president Amit Shah in New Delhi to discuss government formation in Nagaland.

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