BJP's victory in northeast endorses Modi's leadership, says Amit Shah

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The BJP is leading in five seats; the NPP had declared that it was no averse to tying up with the BJP. A statement to this effect, signed by the party's Nagaland unit chief Senchumo Lotha, was issued.

The BJP in the release thanked each and every one who had supported the party and brought victory to the party's candidates.

Congress, after emerging as the single largest party in Meghalaya, has staked claim to form the government in the state.

Elections in 59 seats, out of the 60-member Tripura Assembly, were held on February 18. In Meghalaya, the Congress has captured 21 seats while the National People's Party (NPP) has captured 19 seats.

Addressing the party workers at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Headquarters here, the Prime Minister averred that the people of Tripura have given the "Maoist ideology", suppressing their will, a befitting reply by defeating them through ballots.

He described BJP chief Amit Shah as the "sculptor" of the party's victory march. He can go to West Bengal, where the CPI-M still has some presence. If that happens, he said, the party must celebrate as vigorously as it had done when it won a massive victory in Uttar Pradesh a year ago.

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People Monday
BJP's victory in northeast endorses Modi's leadership, says Amit Shah

It toppled the Left front government of the state, ending the rule of CM Manik Sarkar. "IPFT has won eight out of the nine reserved seats". The two NDA allies had, however, contested separately. Over the next three years, Deodhar, who has a close relationship with the RSS, created a new BJP structure that reached out to grass-roots citizens, tapping into the resentment over unemployment. The party is 10 seats short of a simple majority.

On Friday, the Naga People's Front had moved Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya declaring it had a pre-poll agreement with the JDU and the Nationalist People's Party. "Until the BJP rides to power in West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala then its golden period will not start", Shah asserted. Its ally IPFT, which fielded candidates in nine seats, got almost 8 per cent votes. Of the 50 candidates it fielded in 2013, 49 lost their deposit. Polling was countermanded in one seat due to the death of a CPI (M) candidate.

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"People do not have the time or respect for negative, disruptive and disconnected politics of any kind", he said. Although the picture was still unclear as of 7 pm, with both the Congress and the BJP attempting to put an alliance together, the saffron party's top leadership was already looking ahead to what comes next.

In Nagaland, the election verdict has paved way for BJP to form a coalition government with National Democratic Progressive Party.

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