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Modi wins big in the NorthEast

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a spectacular victory in the CPI(M)-held Tripura in alliance with Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) and consolidated its position as a dominant force in the Northeast. The BJP won a majority on its own this time around whereas last time in 2013, it had failed to clinch even one seat with just 1.87% vote share. The BJP looks set to form a government in Nagaland with the support of an independent and a JD(U) candidate, which takes the seat tally for BJP-NDPP alliance to 31 seats, which is the majority mark. The BJP had parted ways with the NPF just ahead of the polls and joined hands with the Neiphiu Rio’s newly-launched NDPP.

In Meghalaya, Congress — which had been in power since May 2009 — failed to win a majority but emerged as the single largest party with 21 seats. The party failed to win a single seat in Tripura or Meghalaya. Even after securing the majority, the Congress has failed to form the government due to tact of Modi and Shah. Meanwhile, PM Modi addressed the workers in BJP Headquarters in New Delhi and said that it is a journey from no one to number one, from ‘shoonya to shikhar’ and described BJP chief Amit Shah as the “sculptor” of the party’s victory march. Tripura was the most keenly watched for being the last Left bastion in the country. Besides tapping into the youth, the BJP made aggressive best efforts to break the CPI(M)’s stranglehold in 20 seats reserved for tribals, which possibly turned the ride in its favour. The BJP, under PM Modi and Amit Shah, has been aggressively expanding its footprints in the region ever since it came to power in 2014. It already has governments in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. In Nagaland, the BJP contested the polls in alliance with the newly floated Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), with the two in the fray in 20 and 40 seats, respectively.