BJP's blind quest for power superseding stability of northeast: Congress

End of first round INC leads in Meghalaya followed by NPP

Meanwhile, the IPFT sought a respectable representation for its MLAs in the new state government, a day after the party and the BJP swept the Assembly polls, ending the 25-year Left Front rule in the state.

New Delhi, Mar 4 An internal debate in the CPI (M) on the political line the party has to follow has become even more shrill after its crushing defeat in Tripura, with the camp supporting general secretary Sitaram Yechury blaming the former party boss Prakash Karat for not adapting to changing scenarios in the country. "In Gujarat it was a moral defeat for them", she said. The BJP knows this better than others, and as in Assam has not let any local party come in the way of pushing its agenda forward.

The BJP's stated aim of a "Congress-mukt Bharat" is becoming a reality at a faster pace than anybody would have imagined with the grand old party now relegated to merely three full-fledged states - Punjab, Karnataka and Mizoram.

When the same party forms government in a state and the Centre, it helps in faster development in the state, Deb said. The BJP won 35 seats on its own, giving it a majority in the 60-member Tripura Assembly.

After 2008, the north eastern state will see for the first time a multi-party coalition government. But it would be a mistake to read into the northeastern election results a foregone verdict in favour of the BJP in 2019. BJP is following a unsafe game of destabilisation, subversion and usurpation of power in North East, unmindful of the stability, security, peace and progress.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had hit out at Rahul for leaving his party workers ahead of Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections results. Its trouncing of the long-entrenched CPI (M) in Tripura is, indeed, the most remarkable feat of the recent elections.

"The poll result from the North East for the BJP is like cultivating "kesar" (saffron) in the desert", Raut said. Its vote share dipped to less than two per cent, the EC source said. "It's a concern. how the erosion has taken place and why this happened will be dispassionately examined by the party in Tripura and the national leadership", he said. The BJP has opened its account with two seats.

Downplaying the BJP's victory in Tripura, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday said the BJP will never win West Bengal and Odisha, and dubbed it as "a cockroach dreaming of becoming a peacock by putting on its feathers". However, this did not belittle the setbacks suffered by the Left, the leader said.

The recently concluded assembly elections brought the saffron party to power in Tripura and Nagaland while the party in nearly certain to be part of ruling dispensation in Meghalaya.



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