New Delhi: The results of the assembly polls held in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland have been declared. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has achieved great success with support from the local parties. The political analysts claim that this is a remarkable success for BJP despite having very little presence in the North-East.
The path towards government formation seems to be clear for the BJP led coalition in Tripura. The BJP led coalition has won 43 out of the 60 seats. In Meghalaya, the Congress as well as the BJP alliance with National People’s Party (NPP) have both won 21 seats. This has started a tug-of-war for government formation in Meghalaya as both, the Congress and the BJP-NPP alliance have claimed to have the necessary number of seats.
In Nagaland, the BJP in alliance with ‘National Democratic Progressive Party’(NDPP) have won 30 seats and it is claimed that this front will form the government here. Therefore, two out of the three states clearly seem to be heading for a BJP led coalition government. Experts have claimed that, in Meghalaya, the 2 elected BJP candidates along with the 19 elected from the other parties will have the reins of power.
The ruling Communist Party has won only 16 seats in Tripura this time. Whereas, Congress who had won 29 out of the 60 seats in the last elections, has lost 8 seats in this election and has had to be satisfied with 21 seats. The BJP which never had a strong presence in the North-Eastern states, has disproved all the predictions of political observers with a powerful performance for the first time. The BJP leaders have said that this success will be very important in future and there will be stronger efforts to bring the North-Eastern people in the national mainstream.