Tripura Elections 2018: Biplab Deb likely to be next Chief Minister

Assembly election in Meghalaya

Riding the crest of a Modi wave, the BJP on Saturday demolished the communist citadel of Tripura, winning a two-third majority with ally IPFT and ending 25 years of uninterrupted rule of the CPM-led Left Front.

The results of the recent Assembly elections in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, as they began to be available on Saturday, dramatically underlined the speed with which the BJP has spread itself politically across the Northeast.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today blamed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for BJP's win in Tripura elections and predicted that the saffron party would be wiped out in 2019 Parliamentary polls.

Voting for the 59 seats in the 60-member Assembly was held on February 27. I told the Congress that my party is ready to fight 14 seats, let the local hill parties contest 16 seats and you (Congress) fight the rest 30 seats.

Saying that the signatures of the Presiding Officer and the polling agents of other parties were there, Yechury said: "Clearly this is a ruse to disrupt the counting process since the BJP candidate is trailing".

Accepting the People's mandate, HSPDP supremo Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said the regional alliance will take a decision when it meets.

NDPP chief Neiphiu Rio, a former three-time chief minister, has already been declared elected uncontested from Northern Angami II seat.

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. Having kept its doors open for both the regional parties, it is sure to be a part of the government either way.

After BJP surged ahead without fail in the Tripura Assembly Election 2018, it seems its alliance with IPFT created the effect it wanted to upon the people. In fact, though the BJP had a seat sharing agreement with the NDPP despite being a part of the NPF, it never severed its ties with the ally for 15 years.

"Congress being the single largest party should be invited by the Governor to form its government". However, NPF leader and Chief Minister TR Zeliang has invited the BJP to form the government with the party.

He said, "People of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura have spoken!"

BJP's role in accelerating development in the region has been the mainstay of the BJP's messaging in the northeastern states. "This has become all the more important given the setbacks in West Bengal and the lack of advance in other states apart from Kerala and Tripura".

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