Poll results in Tripura not on expected lines: Manik Sarkar

Poll results in Tripura not on expected lines: Manik Sarkar

Poll results in Tripura not on expected lines: Manik Sarkar

Meanwhile, the IPFT sought a respectable representation for its MLAs in the new state government, a day after the party and the BJP swept the Assembly polls, ending the 25-year Left Front rule in the state. While the saffron party has done well in other North East states too, what differentiates the Tripura election is the intense ideological battle in that state.

The communist movement in the country could not be written off because of an electoral setback.

Although the party has captured the entire Hindi heartland, the lack of inroads in the southern and northeastern parts of India exposed the loopholes in its nationalist brand of politics. To a query, Sarma said he or his party was not a kingmaker as he was only a humble facilitator to form a new government. "Such young candidates successfully won people's confidence", he said. A coalition of communist parties and some other groups are ruling southern Kerala state, while small regional groups are heading the other states.

After receiving weak spot in recently concluded 3 NE assembly polls to form a government Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the party accepts the people's mandate. Two lawmakers - an Independent and one from the JD (U) - have already pledged support to the BJP-NDPP alliance.

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.

Modi, addressing a youth convention in poll-bound Karnataka's Tumkur district, said the results in Tripura, where the BJP won 43 of the 59 seats, gave him "immense joy".

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Rio himself was in NPF for a long time and was Chief Minister of Nagaland twice representing NPF.

Significantly, the BJP had sidelined its ally of 15 years, the Naga People's Front (NPF), and entered into a tie-up with the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), headed by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio, an erstwhile mover and shaker of the NPF.

Mizoram is among the four remaining states in India ruled by the Congress.

India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has expanded its dominance to the country's Northeast region by making impressive gains in the latest round of state elections. "I bow to every BJP Karyakarta (worker) for working assiduously on the ground for years", Modi said.

The CPM's crisis in Tripura stems primarily from the overconfidence of its leadership, especially visible in its view of the BJP and its state leadership as alien to the political dynamics of the state. The elections in Tripura were held on February 18.

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