Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of 'usurping' power, forming 'opportunistic' alliance in Meghalaya

Posted March 06, 2018

He returned home early Monday morning.

Taking on the responses by the BJP leaders after the Tripura polls results, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said "there is no Modi wave" in the state.

Saturday's result showed that it worked. Tripura also stands out for being able to maintain law and order without the help of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act since 2015, as political management, rather than the use of force, had proved sufficient to produce and maintain amity among Hindu, Muslim, Bengali, immigrant and local tribal populations. The BJP's workers entered the scene projecting the party as not only as an anti-thesis to left ideology but also as a party that was sympathetic to the tribal bodies.

The NDA already controls Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

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He said that the party was comfortably placed and would again form the government in the state.

In Nagaland, which witnessed violence in some parts before, during and after elections, it is expected that hectic parleys are likely to take place in the next few days.

In the past four years, the BJP's efficient electioneering, combined with realpolitik, has allowed the party to wrest 14 more states. Sarma is now the BJP's chief strategist in the northeast region, and is credited with the success that the saffron party has made electorally in the region.

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There were complaints after the Manipur debacle that Joshi, former PCC chief of Rajasthan and a former Union minister, who is said to be close to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, had not been fast off the blocks in ensuring that the Congress got the necessary numbers to form the government after it emerged as the single-largest party in a hung Assembly past year, leaving it to the state leadership to reach out to other parties.

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.

Brinda Karat, an opposition leader blamed the left front's defeat in Tripura on the "unprecedented deployment of money" by the BJP and its Hindu nationalist mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

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With results announced for all 59 seats in Tripura's state legislature, the BJP had won a big majority to form a government on its own in the state, replacing the Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPI (M). The NPP came second with 19 seats in its kitty.