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Like Tripura, Bengal will also see change: BJP

05 March 2018, 12:19 | Maryann Sutton

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"We have the support of one independent and one JD (U) MLAs which takes us to 32 seats", BJP general secretary Ram Madhav had said. The NDPP won 17 constituencies and its election partner BJP won 12. "All this shows that people of the country want a Congress-mukt Bharat", Singh said.

"All this has to stop", Ghosh said, addressing party workers in Aamtala in South 24 Parganas district.

About 39.1% of the electorate in Nagaland voted for the Naga People's Front in the elections this year.

Over 92 per cent (excluding 50,700 postal ballots) of Tripura's 2,536,589 voters cast their votes on February 18 in a peaceful election, setting a new record in India's electoral history. Asked what will happen if the chief minister is not selected from among the tribal MLAs, Debbarma said, "I only said about the tradition".

Of the three states, Tripura was the most keenly watched for being the last Left bastion in the country. He submitted his resignation to Governor Tathagata Roy.

Tripura borders Bangladesh and has been ruled by the CPI-M for about two decades.

Another Congress leader felt the BJP would "pay dearly" for banking on former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa as he had earlier been jailed. In a remarkable performance, the alliance swept all the 20 seats reserved for tribals.

Its ally IPFT, which fielded candidates in nine seats, got almost 8 per cent votes.

The BJP, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his pointsman Amit Shah, has been aggressively expanding its footprints in the region ever since it came to power in 2014. The BJP is in power in three states - Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh - while the Sikkim Democratic Front, an NDA ally, is in power in Sikkim.

The BJP has smashed the Left citadel in Tripura and conquered wide swathes of the Northeast that was once considered a frontier forever out of its reach.

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The CPI (M)'s allies, like the CPI, are in favour of the broader unity of secular forces, including the Congress.

Claiming that the Congress was on an "extremely strong wicket", he said the BJP would be "crushed" in Karnataka.

Sitting pretty for 25 years in power, the Left miscalculated the BJP's strength.

A senior central committee member, who did not wish to be named, sais that in the present situation there are "high chances" that a window will be left open for adjustment with the Congress.

The BJP and the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) together won 43 seats.

The Congress is not expected win a single seat.

"There is rampant corruption, nepotism and political violence in the state".

He said that he would not be associated with the government-elect as his job was to help the party win the polls. "People are fed up with the corrupt Congress government and looking for a change", said Sangma, son of veteran leader late P A Sangma.

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.

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