BJP's blind quest for power raises apprehension of destabilising NE region

Meghalaya chief minister and Congress candidate Mukul Sangma waves at his supporters after winning in his constituency at Ampati in South West Garo Hills on March 3

The BJP, with just two seats, outmanoeuvred the Congress - the single largest party - in cobbling up numbers to form a coalition government in Meghalaya. He added that BJP is obsessed with power and used tactics, used to form governments in Goa and Manipur, to disregard mandate of people of Meghalaya. Since 2014 Lok Sabha results #BJP has lost Assembly segments in over 50 Lok Sabha Seats & has won only about 2 LS seats.

With the BJP set to form governments in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalaya, the Congress on Monday voiced concern that the ruling party's quest to assume power at any cost" and "by any means' raised apprehension of destabilising the North Eastern region.

The election results for Tripura on Saturday showed the BJP and its alliance partners had won comfortably, ending the 25-year reign of the communist government.

Veteran party leader and former chief minister V.S. Achutanandan urged the party leadership to join hands with secular forces to fight the Sangh.

However, shielding the party president, the Congress party asserted that it is not a crime to visit one's grandmother. These "hollow victories" would not have a bearing on Karnataka, "which has already seen the real face of the BJP and its leaders", he said.




Showcasing a remarkable performance, the BJP and allies swept Tripura and Nagaland with a thumping majority.

President Biplab Kumar Deb, who is likely to be the party's Chief Ministerial candidate in the northeastern state, on Sunday met outgoing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and took his blessings. It failed to open its account in Nagaland and Tripura.

There were complaints after the Manipur debacle that Joshi, former PCC chief of Rajasthan and a former Union minister, who is said to be close to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, had not been fast off the blocks in ensuring that the Congress got the necessary numbers to form the government after it emerged as the single-largest party in a hung Assembly past year, leaving it to the state leadership to reach out to other parties. Elections were held in 59 constituencies though, as three-time chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) was elected unopposed from his constituency.

The NPP won 19 seats, while the BJP managed to win two.

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