BJP's blind quest for power raises apprehension of destabilising NE region


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. Now, the whole of the region is under the rule of BJP and its allies except for Mizoram. "Definitely, we will form our government", he said.

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".

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday March 4 asserted that the Assembly election result in Tripura, where BJP wrested power from the Left, will not have any impact on the impending Karnataka elections, and said that there was no Modi wave in the state. The party has also requested Chief Minister T R Zeliang to resign from his post and pave way for the NDPP-BJP combine to take charge.

NDPP secretary-general Abu Metha said the coalition is proposed to be named the People's Democratic Alliance.

After the poor Congress performance in elections in the Northeastern states, the results of which were declared on Saturday, the party's morale was at a low, with no leader willing to speak out about the loss. The battle and the focus now shifts to this state as assembly elections are just a couple of months away.

Gandhi alleged that the BJP is "obsessed" with "grabbing" power and has shown "utter disregard" to the mandate of people in the state.

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In Nagaland, BJP is the kingmaker with regional parties Naga People's Front (NPF) led by incumbent chief minister T R Zeliang and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) led by former CM and MP Neiphiu Rio are not in the position to compromise.

The Congress has been wiped out in Tripura, as it had been in Bengal.

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's victory was a challenge to the democracy and the national inte-grity, Balan said in Kasaragod district.

"Though the BJP secured only two seats, we have 10 per cent vote share and we came second in as many as seven constituencies besides at least in two constituencies in Garo Hills, the winning margin of the opponent was very less", Sarma told reporters.