Modi's nationalist party notches win in key Indian state

Posted March 06, 2018

The National People's Party (NPP), which is an ally of the BJP at the Centre and in Manipur, bagged two seats.

Rio, who floated the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) just ahead of the assembly elections, had cobbled a pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The communist movement in the country could not be written off because of an electoral setback. Polling was countermanded in one seat due to the death of a CPI (M) candidate. But it would be a mistake to read into the northeastern election results a foregone verdict in favour of the BJP in 2019.

"We will provide Tripura the good government that the state deserves", he said. "This wave of integration can also be felt among the people of Karnataka". It was Shah's suggestion, as per sources, that Modi visit the BJP office for party meetings and other occasions so that the coordination between the government and the party was emphasised. The BJP, however, is seeking to oust the Congress from the southern state and is banking upon its old warhorse and former chief minister Y S Yeddyurappa, whom it has presented as its face for the Karnataka election.

The differences are on key issues such as the bifurcation of Tripura and Meghalaya, Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said in a series of tweets as the BJP was set to form government with its partners in the northeast states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

With the curtains having been drawn to the Nagaland Assembly Election 2018 on March 3 with the completion of vote counting, it became clear that the NDPP-BJP alliance weaved its magic as they managed to garner 29 seats together. Sikkim is already governed by Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), a member of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by BJP.

The CPI-M vote share also dropped by about five per cent and the BJP-IPFT alliance could muster two-third majority by winning 35 and eight seats, respectively.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the BJP workers, who lost their lives previous year, by observing silence for a minute at the event.

The CPM's crisis in Tripura stems primarily from the overconfidence of its leadership, especially visible in its view of the BJP and its state leadership as alien to the political dynamics of the state.

Infusing the ideological element with a customised political strategy, BJP started approaching the tribals, not only promising them a better economic deal but also cultural prominence. This was accepted by Nagaland Governor PB Acharya, who said the three-time Chief Minister had majority and should form the Government. The elections in Tripura were held on February 18.