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Northeast elections: Congress committed to win back their trust, says Rahul Gandhi

06 March 2018

The BJP has been riding a wave of rising Hindu nationalism in the country.

A Communist Party of India (Marxist) delegation on Sunday met the director general of police in Tripura to complain of violence against party workers after the results of the Assembly elections were announced on Saturday, The Hindu reported.

Elections were held only in the states of Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, where about nine million Indians live, according to the 2011 census. It won 12 seats out of 20 it contested in Nagaland.

The BJP on Saturday won a historic mandate in Tripura, where it won 43 out of 60 seats to form its first ever government in an otherwise Left bastion.

The People's Democratic Front (PDF) bagged four seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) and three Independents got one seat each.

IPFT president N C Debbarma also asked the BJP to select the chief minister from among the tribal MLAs.

While the BJP will form the government in Tripura, in Nagaland and Meghalaya, the picture is less clear.

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Leader of Opposition and UDP chief Donkupar Roy retained Shella seat for the seventh consecutive term, James Sangma retained Dadenggre seat for the third consecutive term, James' youngest sister and former Union Minister Agatha Sangma and former Meghalaya Rajya Sabha member Thomas Sangma also won elections as NPP nominees. These "hollow victories" would not have a bearing on Karnataka, "which has already seen the real face of the BJP and its leaders", he said.

The Congress chief alleged that the BJP is "obsessed" with "grabbing" power and has shown "utter disregard" to the mandate of people in Meghalaya.

Now, BJP-led NDA assumed power in seven out of eight northeastern states.

"Post #Tripura results there is excitement in media about the results' implications for Karnataka".

Even in Bihar, where former PCC chief Ashok Choudhary recently quit the Congress along with three other MLCs to join the JD (U), Joshi was blamed for the development.

"There is nothing to rejoice in the win in a state having only about 26 lakh voters and two parliamentary seats with a difference of about only five per cent votes", Banerjee said reacting to BJP's win in Tripura ending the 25 year-long Left regime there.

From being an insignificant player in the Northeast's politics, the BJP has come a long way since its emphatic win in the national parliamentary polls almost four years ago.

Northeast elections: Congress committed to win back their trust, says Rahul Gandhi