March 19, 2018

BJP usurped power through proxy in Meghalaya, says Rahul Gandhi

06 March 2018, 01:57 | Simon Arnold

BJP usurped power through proxy in Meghalaya, says Rahul Gandhi

Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma

The BJP on Saturday won a historic mandate in Tripura, where it won 43 out of 60 seats to form its first ever government in an otherwise Left bastion.

With control of Tripura and Nagaland, the right-wing BJP and its allies rule 21 of India's 29 states, boosting its prospects for a win in the federal elections scheduled for 2019.

Gowda said the country was seeing a "revival and resurgence" of the Congress starting with Gujarat and the bypolls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and "the cutting to size of the BJP due to its corruption and non-performance".

Supporters of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate in front of a cut-out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after learning of the initial poll results of Tripura state assembly elections, in Agartala, India, March 3, 2018.

The BJP didn't win even a single seat in Tripura and Meghalaya in the last assembly elections, while it won one assembly seat in Nagaland. Tell tale signs of BJP s blind quest for power superseding the stability of region, propagation of democracy, nipping the separatist tendencies and ignoring core issues of region are already visible, Surjewala said.

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.

Rio, a three-time chief minister and a senior leader of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), staked claim earlier in the day to form a coalition government in Nagaland, saying he has the support of 32 MLAs.

President Biplab Kumar Deb, who is likely to be the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in the northeastern state, on Sunday met outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and took his blessings.

Two of the three remaining states - Karnataka and West Bengal - are under the radar of BJP's master strategist Amit Shah. Congress won a majority and formed the government in 2008. The NPP came second with 19 seats in its kitty.

While the anti-incumbency factor was clearly evident across all the assembly elections in the northeast region, it is to be seen how BJP will customize its narrative to fit the political and social realities of the region.

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