Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

BJP used money, muscle power to win Tripura elections

BJP used money, muscle power to win Tripura elections

BJP was able to consolidate all the anti-Left votes virtually appropriating the erstwhile main opposition, Congress. Among the BJP winners were state President Biplab Kumar Deb (Banamalipur), Sudip Roy Barman (Agartala), Ratanlal Nath (Mohanpur), A. Rampada Jamatia (Bagma), Dilip Kumar Das (Barjala), Diba Chandra Hrangkhawl (Karamchara), Ashish Kumar Saha (Bordowali), Ratan Chakraborty (Khayerpur), Atul Debbarma (Krishnapur), Sushanta Chowdhury (Majlishpur). His name coming up as the most likely candidate for the next Tripura CM, according to sources.

# Manik sarkar was a failed government.

Mukul is credited to have led Congress to its 29/60 seat-victory in 2013. The innovation in creating the North East Development Alliance as a regional subset of the NDA has provided a forum for the allies to make themselves heard at the highest levels, unlike earlier when these small parties were just one of the members of the national alliance.

The BJP, which contested in 51 seats, has secured over 43 per cent of the votes.

Tripura has a tribal population of around 31 per cent, which has traditionally voted for the CPI (M). Its vote share dipped to less than two per cent.

Elections in 59 seats, out of the total 60, were held on February 18. Out of 20 seats in the tribal belt, all of which CPI (M) won in 2013, the BJP-IPFT has wrested almost 19 seats (based on counting trends), gaining the momentum to win the tiny northeastern state for the first time.

Modi and BJP's aim to end the Left government's 25-year run in Tripura has succeeded.

As per the reports, this morning, Kiren Rijiju, Mos Home in the Narendra Modi government, and an MP from Arunachal Pradesh said: "The trends in all three states point to a new political direction it will have an effect on national politics as well".

However, the BJP leader said a final decision on the next Chief Minister of Tripura would be taken by the BJP Parliamentary Board, which would meet in New Delhi this evening.

But BJP general secretary Ram Madhav killed speculations by tweeting that his party was comfortably placed to form the government. BJP and its ally IPFT have ended the Left Front's in Tripura with a strong showing in the Assembly polls. "We thank the people of Tripura for giving us the opportunity to serve them for the past 25 years".

BJP managers struck a successful alliance with a tribal outfit and ensured a forceful campaign led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders in key areas. He alleged that the BJP has used both "money and muscle power in Tripura".

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