Modi's BJP wins India's northeast regional elections

Preview Congress may lose Meghalaya not to the BJP but to an underdog
Chief Minister Mukul Sangma after casting his vote on February 27. | IANS
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06 March, 2018

Breaking his silence on the defeat in three northeast states, Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Congress was committed to winning back the people's trust and hit out at the BJP, accusing it of "usurping" power through proxy in Meghalaya and using "big money" to create an "opportunistic alliance".

"Rahul Gandhi will launch the third phase of his Karnataka campaign on March 20 and 21, wherein he would addresses corner meetings and poll rallies in the Mysore and coastal regions", AICC general secretary incharge of the state, K C Venugopal told PTI.

The sentiment was resonated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who while addressing the BJP workers at party headquarters on Saturday, said, "The victory in Tripura is a tribute to our volunteers who have been martyred".

In a series of tweets, AICC media in charge Randeep Surjewala said, "Every Indian is concerned that assumption of power "at any cost" & "by any means" by BJP isn't blinding it into destabilising the entire North Eastern region".

In Nagaland BJP-NDPP alliance was not able to gather a clear majority but party participation in the future government in the state is looks certain.

As the results of the Assembly elections in the three northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland were announced on March 3, it emerged that the Congress had been whitewashed in Tripura and Nagaland but had a fighting chance of forming a government in Meghalaya. Would it reject the demand for a tribal CM? he asked.

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"NPF won 26 seats & NDPP won 18 seats".

The Congress has already parachuted its two senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Mukul Wasnik to try and form the new government in Meghalaya.

The BJP, its allies and friendly parties have secured an absolute majority in the Assemblies of Nagaland and Meghalaya.

On the other hand, the BJP was in constant touch with key players for several months and, when the time came, forging a political consensus with them was hardly a tussle. The Congress is putting all its might to retain its government in Karnataka, which is among only four states ruled by the grand old party.

"Time and again, election after election, the people of India are reposing their faith in the positive and development oriented agenda of the NDA", Modi tweeted.


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