The BJP and its allies appear to score a perfect three in the latest round of elections in the northeastern states. It won Tripura and is close to victory in Nagaland. It can also form a government in Meghalaya and renew the alliance with Conrad Sang
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The BJP-IPFT (Indigenous Progressive Front of Tripura) alliance returned to power in Tripura, winning 33 of the state’s 60 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “The twin-engine government will continue to work for the advancement of the state. I commend our party workers for their hard work that brought about this result”.
However, the alliance’s score is down 11 from 2018, when only the BJP won 36 seats and the IPFT eight.
Tipra Motha of former royal Pradyot Kishore Debbarma, who made his debut in this election, won 13 seats. The party, pushing for a Greater Tipraland, seems to have seized support from the IPFT.
Meghalaya was on her way to a hanging house when Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, whose National People’s Party leads the field, called BJP chief strategist Amit Shah. The two parties had decided to go it alone in the elections after a split over allegations of corruption against Mr Sangma’s NPP.
“Sri @SangmaConrad, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, called @AmitShah ji, Hon’ble Home Minister, seeking his support and blessings in forming the new government,” tweeted Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Chief Minister and the BJP’s pointperson in the north East.
Mr. Sangma and Mr. Sarma met yesterday in Guwahati where, according to sources, the alliance was discussed. The two parties are jointly in the lead with 28 seats — well below half of the 31 in the 60-member house.
“We will wait for the final results and then decide how to proceed,” Mr. Sangma had told reporters.
The left, which ruled the state for 35 years, and its new ally, Congress, lead with 14 seats, a deficit of two.
Meghalaya’s newcomer Trinamool Congress leads by five seats, and despite exit polls’ predictions, the Congress leads by five seats.
In Nagaland, the BJP and its partner NDPP (Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party) lead with 37 seats – seven more than last time. The state also has a female MLA – a first since independence.