Meghalaya govt formation: How BJP outwitted Congress, again

Aaron Brown
March 6, 2018

Communist Party of India (Marxist) State unit secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party has captured Tripura by using the influence of the Central government and money power.

Tripura poll results will have no impact in Karnataka, where Assembly elections are expected to be held in a few months time, as there is no "Modi wave" in this state, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said.

Sarma also dismissed the suggestion that the minorities, particularly the Christians in the northeast, were against the BJP, saying the community "wholeheartedly" supported the party. To a query, Sarma said he or his party was not a kingmaker as he was only a humble facilitator to form a new government.

Union minister Giriraj Singh also lambasted the Congress president, and was reported in DNA as saying, "A leader does not leave his people at such times". A coalition of communist parties and some other groups are ruling southern Kerala state, while small regional groups are heading the other states. In Nagaland, BJP took the strategic decision of contesting the recent elections in tie-up with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). Congress, which has been the main opposition party since 1993, is down to zero, from 10 seats and 44% votes in 2013.

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Mumbai-The BJP-IPFT combine scripted history on Saturday by winning the Tripura Assembly polls, ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPI (M)-led Left Front in the state. Surjewala tweeted. He, however, gave his party s best wishes to the people of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, praying that peace, progress, cohabitation and development would be on the agendas of the new governments. The standing instruction from Modi to his ministerial colleagues was to visit northeastern states frequently and take special care of the developmental projects of the federal government tailor-made for the people.

While NDPP with 17 seats and BJP with 12, became 29.

Asking the party to adopt a 360-degree strategy to win polls, Modi said on Saturday: "I have full faith that our party chief will decide what is to be done.and how we have to move ahead. They supplied oxygen to the BJP", she revealed. However, at the national level, BJP's victory in Tripura has pushed the Left deeper into its existential crisis. "We will leave no stone unturned in transforming Tripura", Modi said.

"Both states have one fact in common: the left (communist) rule for decades that had made the cadres apathetic and nearly bourgeois in their approach to government and politics", said Seema Mustafa, a political analyst who runs the Centre for Policy Analysis think-tank in New Delhi. This was just weeks before the election on February 27.

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