BJP used money, muscle power to win Tripura, says Yechury

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The BJP expects that it could dethrone Siddaramaiah-led Congress government riding on the latest victory and bury the setback it received in Gujarat polls.

The BJP had contested Tripura elections with its regional ally, Indigenous People's Front of Tripura.

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, media reports pointed out.

"Today, however, our karyakartas from West Bengal and Kerala, who have been victims of violence by the Left parties, are extremely happy and I have been receiving messages relaying their satisfaction with the results in Tripura since this afternoon", he said.

Party leaders said the task was hard because of the anti-Congress sentiment among the regional leaders as well as the Central government's active involvement in ensuring a non-Congress government.

A delegation of three Congress leaders -Kamal Nath, Ahmed Patel and C.P. Joshi-met the governor at 7 pm last night, they said.

Veteran party leader and former chief minister VS Achuthanandan urged the party leadership to join hands with secular forces to fight the Sangh Parivar.

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Monday

On the party's plans for Meghalaya, Shah said, "The mandate is against Congress".

"... We launched a massive agitation all over the state and in all 60 constituencies, we organised protest processions with people carrying urns containing his ashes".

Sarma, formerly a Congress party leader, has switched side to join the BJP just before the Assam assembly elections after being denied an audience with Rahul Gandhi. the then vice president of his old party. The party has won 21 assembly seats and is short of ten seats to get an absolute majority in the 60 member assembly. "We assure them that the CPI-M will work for the betterment of their livelihood, their democratic rights and the unity of tribal and non-tribal sections of the society", he said.

Sangma, retained Ampati seat for the sixth consecutive term and unseated two-time National People's Party (NPP) candidate Nihim D. Shira in Songsak.

The BJP has come a long way in Tripura.

The UDP and HSPDP, which stitched a pre-poll alliance, won only six and two seats respectively, while the newly floated People's Democratic Front won four. mThe BJP won two seats and the NCP and KHNAM one seats each, besides three independents.

The influence of the BJP as the Big Brother of the region was most apparent in Meghalaya, where it only picked up two seats, and yet again hoped to be the glue in an alliance of regional parties. In Kamalpur segment under Dhalai district, anotherformer Congressman Manoj Kanti Deb could wrest the seat from CPI (M) nominee Bijay Laxmi Singha by a margin of 2,959 votes.

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