NDPP alliance to form government in Nagaland, announces BJP

A security personal stands guard at a polling in Ri Bohi during the State Assembly elections on Tuesday

The BJP has officially announced that they are with NDPP in Nagaland and will go ahead with government formation in the state. We are committed to strengthening our party across the North East and to win back the trust of the people.

From being an insignificant player in the Northeast's politics, the BJP has come a long way since its emphatic win in the national parliamentary polls almost four years ago.

The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) state unit today celebrated its victory in three NE states in recent concluded assembly election in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

On the poll outcome, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said, "Tripura voters have given their mandate for a BJP-IPFT government in the state".

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. As per latest reports, NPF is leading in 30 seats while the BJP-NDPP coalition is leading in 27 seats.

The Congress seemed to have abdicated to the extent that party president Rahul Gandhi came to campaign in Tripura only on the last day of electioneering.

"I have already been given a bigger responsibility, the party's state presidentship, which I have been fulfilling to the best of my ability", he said.

"Both states have one fact in common: the left (communist) rule for decades that had made the cadres apathetic and nearly bourgeois in their approach to government and politics", said Seema Mustafa, a political analyst who runs the Centre for Policy Analysis think-tank in New Delhi.

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.

He also said that the "people of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura have spoken!"

"Time and again, election after election, the people of India are reposing their faith in the positive and development oriented agenda of the NDA", Modi tweeted. Therefore, any inference declaring BJP's victory in Tripura as an outcome of some brilliant electoral arithmetic would be misleading and a gross misreading of the verdict.

"Election analysts in India will have to understand the journey from No one to One, shunya se shikhar tak".

"The historic victory in Tripura is as much an ideological one".

This adds up to 31 seats - over half the number required to form a government in a House of 60 seats. Acharya has invited the three-time chief minister to form a government. The elections in Tripura were held on February 18.

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