Modi's nationalist party notches win in key state

Modi's nationalist party notches win in key state

After the Congress party's dismal performance in the assembly polls in Tripura and Nagaland, three-time Assam chief minister said on Sunday that the Grand Old Party needs to change its strategy soon.

Though with 21 seats, Congress emerged as the single largest party in Meghalaya and met the governor last night to convey that it should be invited first to form the government, and was in talks with UDP-HSPDP combine besides NCP and others for a possible arrangement, the UDP finally chose to side with the NPP following negotiations led by the BJP's NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma in state capital Shillong.

The BJP with a tally of 35 seats secured majority on its own while its alliance partner, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) captured eight seats, according to Election Commission (EC) sources.

"My honest thanks to each and every Congress worker who toiled for the party", Gandhi tweeted in the aftermath of the election results. Rahul had tweeted that he was visiting his grandmother to surprise her on Holi.

Every Indian, he added, is concerned that assumption of power at any cost and by any means by the BJP doesn't blind it into destabilising the entire region. "My honest thanks to each and every Congress worker who toiled for the party", Gandhi said on Twitter.

The failure of the Congress to hold on their influence was a primary reason for the victory of the BJP.

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"Tell-tale signs of BJP's blind quest for power superseding the stability of the region, propagation of democracy, nipping the separatist tendencies and ignoring core issues of region are already visible".

"Senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Juel Oram are scheduled to arrive here as Central observers on Tuesday and we hope to form the Government by Thursday next", said Deb while interacting with the mediapersons.

Despite the BJP's success in Tripura, "it will not be possible at all to get through in West Bengal and Odisha".

In Nagaland BJP-NDPP alliance was not able to gather a clear majority but party participation in the future government in the state is looks certain. "I will not run away from taking the responsibility", he told reporters in Agartala when asked if he would accept the task of being the state chief minister. And in Karnataka, despite being on a solid wicket, anything less than an outright win will surely prompt the JDS to strike an alliance with the BJP (despite assurances to the contrary by Deve Gowda) and displace Congress.

India's main opposition Congress party, which has ruled the country for most of the time since independence in 1947, is now reduced to ruling three states. 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.

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