Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya Assembly Elections: Counting Begins

BJP wins Tripura

As per the latest trends of all 59 constituencies, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was leading in 32 seats while the tribal party was ahead in eight after the first and second round of counting of votes. The party captured 23 seats on its own while its alliance partner the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) bagged 7 seats, giving the combine a majority in the House, according to Election Commision (EC) sources. "When a sun sets, its colour is also red", the PM said, drawing a parallel to the end of the Left's 25-year-rule in Tripura.

The BJP was part of the NPF-led government in Nagaland till the assembly elections but parted ways to join hands with the newly-formed NDPP.

As of 3.30 pm, the incumbent Congress is on course to be the single largest party, with 21 seats in the 60-strong Assembly.

The BJP-IPFT combine scripted history by securing a majority in the Tripura state Assembly, marking the end of 25-year long reign of Communist Party of India (Marxist) in the state. NPP is following closely behind. "I feel that in Tripura BJP is going to do very well In Nagaland too, our alliance is doing very well and Congress is trailing in Meghalaya".

Stressing that the Left Front had "still got 45 per cent of the votes", Yechury added, "It was a tough battle".

The CPI (M) talked about issues such as U.S. policies, Jerusalem and even Chinese growth in Tripura, while the BJP sold the dream of a "new life" (of course, it's not easy to keep) to millions of youths in Tripura. "We remain committed to working towards fulfilling the dreams and aspirations of the people".

As election results for three northeastern states come in, one thing which clearly emerges is the massive surge in BJP's vote share.

Earlier, BJP incharge for the state Kiren Rijiju had expressed confidence that the BJP will form the next government in Nagaland with the help of other parties.

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Just before Deb in Tripura, the party created another leader (who few had head of) - Jairam Thakur in Himachal Pradesh, after P K Dhumal failed to win a state election.

CPI (M)'s Manik Sarkar has been in power in the state since 1998.

The Congress had it's best ever performance in 2013.

"We are hopeful that we will be able to form the government".

The defeat of the CPI (M) in Tripura should not be interpreted as the death of the Left in the state.

"With two more north-eastern states in its kitty, the BJP seems to be transforming into a truly national party".

# Results of this election will have a cascading effect on Karnataka Assembly Polls.

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