Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated the success of BJP and its allies in the three states in the North-East by saying it shows people don’t want him to leave.
“Woh kahte hain ki Modi tu mar ja, janta kehti hai Modi tu mat ja (They are chanting death for Modi, but people are saying, ‘Modi don’t go’),” the PM said in a reference to slogans raised recently by AAP workers during protests over the arrest of their leader and Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
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The PM also hit out at Congress for its slogan that they had prepared Modi’s grave. “There is a section of people aspiring to dig graveyards for BJP. However, the lotus continues to bloom,” Modi said. “Thursday’s poll results show the North-East’s distance from Delhi has disappeared. Let’s salute the commitment of the people of the North-East towards the country and their patriotism,” he added.
At the party headquarters, he urged the BJP workers to turn on their mobile flashlights as a mark of gratitude to the people of the North-East and BJP workers from the region. The PM said that with every election, the security shield provided to BJP by the women voters was becoming stronger. He recalled the recent elevation of Phangnon Konyak as first woman Rajya Sabha MP from Nagaland and said the victory of the first women in Nagaland assembly polls is a matter of pride for women across the country.
Nagaland, Tripura, Meghalaya elections: Winners and losers
<p>The BJP-IPFT alliance has returned to power in Tripura winning 33 of the state’s 60 assembly seats.<br /></p>
<p>BJP won 32 seats with a vote share of 39%. Tipra Motha Party came second with 13 seats. The CPI(M) got 11 seats, while Congress bagged three. The IPFT managed to open its account by winning one seat.<br /><br /></p>
<p>The BJP, which had never won a single seat in Tripura before 2018, stormed to power in the last election in alliance with IPFT and had ousted the Left Front which had been in power in the border state for 35 years since 1978.</p>
<p>Chief minister Manik Saha defeated Asish Kumar Saha of the Congress in Town Bordowali seat by a margin of 1,257 votes. In the 60-member Tripura assembly, the majority mark is 31.<br /><br /></p>
<p>The Tipra Motha, formed by former scion of the state’s princely family Pradyot Kishore Debbarma, bagged 13 seats, while the Left-Congress alliance secured 14, with Debbarma’s party eating into the Left’s tribal votes.<br /><br /></p>
<p>The Trinamool Congress performed poorly winning none of the 28 seats it contested. Its vote share (0.88%) came to less than that of those who stamped None-Of-The-Above (NOTA).<br /><br /></p>
<p>Though the coalition of the BJP and the IPFT returned to power for a second time, both parties secured fewer seats when compared to their performance in 2018, mainly as Tipra Motha did well in the tribal hinterland.</p>
<p style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;”>The NDPP-BJP alliance bagged 37 seats in the 60-member Nagaland assembly, securing a straight second term in office in the northeastern state. The NDPP and the BJP emerged victorious in 25 and 12 constituencies respectively.</p>
<p>None of the other parties reached double figure with the NCP and the NPP winning seven and five seats respectively. While the LJP (Ram Vilas), RPI (Athawale) and the NPF equally shared six constituencies, JD(U) got one seat. Independent candidates bagged four.<br /><br /></p>
<p>The Congress failed to win any seat in the state and secured a vote share of 3.55 per cent.<br /><br /></p>
<p>Nagaland scripted history when it elected its first women legislators in its 60 years of statehood. Hekhani Jakhalu and Salhoutuonuo Kruse of the ruling NDPP are greenhorns in politics but defeated sitting MLAs in Western Angami and Dimapur-III seats respectively.<br /></p>
<p>Nagaland political stalwart and its longest serving chief minister Neiphiu Rio is set to assume office as chief minister for a fifth consecutive term after a convincing win for his party and its ally, the BJP. <br /></p>
<p>The National People’s Party (NPP) coming out as the single largest party with 26 seats, as no party was able to touch the majority mark (31 seats) on its own.<br /><br /></p>
<p>Chief minister Conrad Sangma won the South Tura seat with a margin of over 5,000 votes.<br /><br /></p>
<p>BJP won 2 seats, while TMC, the principal Opposition in Meghalaya, won 5 seats. The PDF bagged 2 seats, the United Democratic Party won 11, the Voice of the People party won 4 seats and Hill State People’s Democratic Party got 2. The Congress won 5.<br /><br /></p>
<p>Assam CM Himanta Sarma on Thursday said that his Meghalaya counterpart Conrad Sangma called Union home minister Amit Shah seeking support to form a government in the state.<br /><br /></p>
<p style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.3333px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 400; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;”>PM Narendra Modi said that the election results depict people’s faith in democracy, adding that the northeast is neither far from Delhi nor from heart. He received a warm welcome at BJP headquarters.</p>
<p>PM Narendra Modi hailed the performance of BJP in the assembly elections in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. He thanked the people of all three states, saying that their vote was for ‘progress and stability’.<br /></p>
<p> Terming the BJP’s victory in the assembly election a historic day for the northeast, Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday thanked people “for placing trust in BJP once again”.<br /></p>
The PM also said that the verdict shattered different narratives of the opposition parties and their ecosystem. “They used to call BJP a party of baniyas, then of cities and then of middle class. From time to time such narratives have been shattered and it was seen during the recent Gujarat polls when BJP returned with resounding performance in tribal areas,” he said. He said the opposition’s refrain that “minorities are scared” had been proved wrong by people of Goa and now the in Christian-dominated Nagaland and Meghalaya which have also witnessed expansion of BJP’s footprint. Modi also referred to the Left-Congress alliance in Tripura, saying the two parties have exposed themselves and their equations behind the curtains.
“People can see through it. In one state you turn allies, and in another, opponents. Both parties are looting the state of Kerala together and I am confident the day is not far when BJP and its allies will form a government in Kerala too,” he said, highlighting contradictions within the opposition camp.
The PM said that the remarks of Congress leaders about the verdict have once again shown their mindset and how lowly they think about smaller states. “The Congress president is saying that these are small states, they hardly matter. It is ironic that such parties and their leaders talk about connecting hearts,” said Modi in an apparent dig at the Bharat Jodo Yatra.